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"Possible Selves" follows two California teenagers in foster care through their tumultuous high school years. It is the first major documentary to focus on the lived experience of foster kids themselves rather than on the foster care system. 

Synopsis

Possible Selves follows two brave teenagers in foster care through their tumultuous high school years. It is the first major documentary to focus on the lived experience of foster kids themselves rather than on the foster care system.The film intimately shares Alex and Mia’s journeys as they strive to attain a goal that only 3% of adults who grow up in foster care reach: graduating from college.

Part of the reason that the stories of foster youth are so often overlooked is that filming with foster youth requires permission from a judge. For this film, the filmmakers were granted this extraordinary access by the Los Angeles County Children's Court and partnered with First Star, a nonprofit that helps foster youth prepare for college.

"The most important lesson we have learned during this filmmaking process is that children need reliable, caring adults in their lives in order to grow into self-sufficient adults themselves. The statistics are strong evidence that the foster care system is not meeting these needs. While this film is not an indictment of the system, it is a window into how it impacts real children and how a greater commitment to caring for them can dramatically improve their lives." - Film team behind the documentary "Possible Selves" - Shaun Kadlec, Director

Credits

Shaun Kadlec

Director and Producer

A first-generation college graduate, Shaun began filmmaking while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Sri Lanka during the nation’s tragic civil war. His documentary Born This Way, about the LGBTQ+ community in Cameroon, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival before its global distribution. The film’s honors include the grand jury award for best documentary at Outfest.

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