Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st Century Review

Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st Century is a film on Tv about change in minds, feelings of a group 22 people when they exchange from the innocence of childhood to adult. Through 15 years Seattle-based filmmaker Rick Stevenson interviewed them with a series of questions designed to, Millennials echoes in real life what the award-winning filmBoyhood has done in fiction.

You need to know that Millenials: Growing Up in the 21st Century is a docuseries that compiles interviews with 22 subjects through their tween, teen, and young adult years to follow the ups and downs of that coming-of-age process. Sensitive topics like sexuality, addiction, family troubles, and mental illness play roles in many of their stories, with emotional responses. Expect to hear teens talk about contemplating suicide, struggling to come to terms with their homosexuality, and suffering from low self-esteem and social seclusion, but also happier themes of success, health, and self-acceptance in later years. This series would be most effective when watched by teens and their parents so that they can discuss these and other issues together.

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This docuseries isn't easy to watch, but it’s an eye-opening resource for parents and possibly teens coming of age themselves. The subjects' experiences run the gamut from emotionally wrenching to victorious and self-affirming, and it sheds light on issues with which many viewers (especially adults) may not have any personal knowledge. These teens/young adults are forthcoming with details of addiction, sexual violence, and mental illness, among other experiences, and while the stories are difficult to hear, the eventual healing and maturing process does inspire.

Being just a six-part series means that the 22 subjects' stories told through extensive interviews are condensed to mere minutes apiece, so there's a lot that's left unsaid to viewers. Even so, these slices of life are excellent ways to start conversations with your own teens about what's going on in their lives and what struggles they might be having, not to mention a great reminder that today's reality doesn't have to be tomorrow's.

Millennials is a product of The School of Life Project, which is dedicated to helping children embrace their identities, creating a priceless visual time-capsule of kids growing up.

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