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SECOND CHANCE, A

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SECOND CHANCE, A is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
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A Second Chance is an amazing short by seventh grader Arden Pala about homelessness and the road back to well-being. Inspiring and eye-opening, I learned a few things about how I can make a difference, including acknowledging all human beings have innate dignity.

This narrative documentary puts a collage of interviews together of homeless people - young and old, brown, black and white - and of service organizations that assist folks such as Inter Faith Services, Lucky Duck Foundation and Balloon Guru. All pro-active people can help those who are in transition and stuck in a cycle of homelessness. The results can be so uplifting and this documentary shows the arc of the problem and solutions found by those interviewed.

Well shot, edited and narrated, A Second Chance is a feel good movie, despite the challenging topic of homelessness. I love this young writer/narrator's factual rollout, knowing that he has a heart of gold. The content is straightforward and not full of sentimentality. The background music is stock music, piano music mostly, and works fine. There's nothing striking about it, but it makes a pleasant background of sound. The idea that such a young person can assist in coordinating this profound teaching tool in the form of a short film attests to the intelligence and compassion of our younger generation. Bravo to kids out there who are "Saving the World."

The message is that everyone can make a difference. When you see a homeless person, look them in the eye and let them know that you see them. If you can recommend a program that could help them, that might also help them get a second chance.

I rate A Second Chance 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

A Second Chance is an amazing short by seventh grader Arden Pala about homelessness and the road back to well-being. Inspiring and eye-opening, I learned a few things about how I can make a difference, including acknowledging all human beings have innate dignity.

This narrative documentary puts a collage of interviews together of homeless people - young and old, brown, black and white - and of service organizations that assist folks such as Inter Faith Services, Lucky Duck Foundation and Balloon Guru. All pro-active people can help those who are in transition and stuck in a cycle of homelessness. The results can be so uplifting and this documentary shows the arc of the problem and solutions found by those interviewed.

Well shot, edited and narrated, A Second Chance is a feel good movie, despite the challenging topic of homelessness. I love this young writer/narrator's factual rollout, knowing that he has a heart of gold. The content is straightforward and not full of sentimentality. The background music is stock music, piano music mostly, and works fine. There's nothing striking about it, but it makes a pleasant background of sound. The idea that such a young person can assist in coordinating this profound teaching tool in the form of a short film attests to the intelligence and compassion of our younger generation. Bravo to kids out there who are "Saving the World."

The message is that everyone can make a difference. When you see a homeless person, look them in the eye and let them know that you see them. If you can recommend a program that could help them, that might also help them get a second chance.

I rate A Second Chance 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Hi, my name is Arden. I am currently a 12-year-old living in San Diego, California. Some of my goals in this documentary are to show the viewers the homeless problems in San Diego.

I live in San Diego, and I often see the homeless when I drive around downtown. During this documentary, I have incorporated interviews of people that have been homeless and people that are working to help stop the homeless issue in San Diego. This documentary explains how hard it actually is to be homeless. I hope this documentary opens your eyes to what it is like to be homeless and how homeless people can't just "get a job." Hearing all these stories has changed the way I think of homelessness, and I hope it changes the way you think too.

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