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Reviving Ophelia

Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Reviving Ophelia

Duration: 38 min
ISBN: 1-893521-59-1
Date Produced: 1998
Subtitles: English

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Reviving Ophelia
Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

In this exclusive, illustrated video, Mary Pipher, Ph.D., discusses the challenges facing today's teenagers, especially girls, as well as the role of media and popular culture in shaping their identities. She offers concrete ideas for girls and boys, families, teachers, and schools to help girls free themselves from the toxic influences of today's media-saturated culture.

Reviving Ophelia is one of the most talked about books in America. This video presentation brings together ideas from Pipher's books and from her clinical practice in a highly accessible format. It provides a dynamic discussion-starter for classes from high school through college, as well as for parents, teachers, youth, and civic groups.

Sections: Teen Pressures | Media Pressures | Sexuality | Boys | Girls | Parents & Teachers | Freedom

Mary Pipher

Dr. Mary Pipher is a clinical psychologist and best-selling author. Dr. Pipher's work combines her training in both the fields of psychology and anthropology, examining how American culture influences the mental health of its people. She has received two American Psychological Association Presidential Citations. Dr. Pipher has appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, The Charlie Rose Show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio's Fresh Air.

Filmmaker Info

Executive Producers: Tom Gardner, Sut Jhally
Producer: Susan Ericsson
Editors: Sut Jhally, Susan Ericsson
Graphics: Jeremy Smith, Sanjay Talreja, Matthew Soar
Sound Engineering: Thom Monahan
Interview Camera: David Rabinovitz
Interview Sound: John Hawkes
Photography: Dan Habib
Additional Photography: Tom Gardner
Interviewer: Tom Gardner
Camera: Susan Ericsson, Jeremie Winslow, Jeremy Smith, Jessie Davenport
Music: Joe Bartone, Nate VanTil

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"Mary Pipher is the leading voice in a growing debate about whether junk values are ruining America's families."
- USA Weekend

"A canny mix of optimism and practicality gives Pipher's fans a way to resist the worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves."
- Newsweek


1999 YALSA Selected Videos for Young Adults
First Place Winner, 31st Annual National Council on Family Relations Media Awards Competition

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