Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

education of shelby Knox, the

USA, 2005 (MIFF 2005, Documentaries)

Director: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt

education of shelby Knox, the
Lubbock, Texas, has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the US. It also has the highest rate of STDs in teenagers. The sex education policy in the schools of this southern, ultra-conservative town is 'abstinence until marriage'. This superb and nuanced documentary plots the politicisation of 15-year-old naif Shelby Knox, a southern Baptist who has made a pledge of celibacy until marriage through True Love Waits, a measure promulgated by local fire-and-brimstone minister Rev Ed Ainsworth. But Shelby is a liberal-thinking Christian with conviction to boot, and she can see that abstinence is making no dent in the stats. She joins the city-sponsored Youth Commission and becomes a passionate advocate for sex education in schools. Losing the battle for mayor of the commission, Shelby works alongside her nemesis, Corey Nichols, despite their fundamental differences: he is the great diplomat willing to compromise in an effort to find common ground, she is the true activist prepared to battle for what she believes in. The Education of Shelby Knox is a wonderful tale of self-realisation.
D/P Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt WS Films Transit International TD video/col/2005/76mins

See also...


USA, 2005
Does America have a ruling class? How does one join it, and should one even want to? Written by Lewis Lapham, American Ruling Class explores the US's most taboo topics: class, power and privilege in … More »

born dead

[Born Dead] is Jacek Blawut's powerful and intimate observation of Robert Jurczyga, a 23-year-old man incarcerated in remand centres since he was just 15. Close to his release date, Robert volunteers… More »


Despite landmines, kidnapping, assassination and death by dehydration and starvation, thousands of determined Shiite Muslims have been pouring across the Iran-Iraq border since the fall of Saddam Hus… More »


USA, 2004
Nominated for the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, [Enron] is a tight, fascinating chronicle of arrogance, conspiracy and greed. Throughout the 1990s Enron grew with astonishing speed to bec… More »


USA, 2005
Ever thought you've seen it all' [Modify]'s in-depth look at the extremities of body modification will make you think again. ... Exploring methods such as major piercing, tattooing, subcutaneous impl… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.