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Teen

For Ahkeem

The shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, helps to give this documentary its impact.

Super Dark Times

The screenwriters have a preternatural sense of the teen mind and a way with dialogue, and director Kevin Phillips coaxes excellent performances from his young cast.

Lady Bird | TIFF 2017

Actress-turned-filmmaker Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut stood apart from most of the selections at the festival.

Kill Me Please

Four teenage chums are obsessed with sex, and, most recently, death.

Beach Rats

Frankie, 19, spends his nights on the Coney Island boardwalk or at home, cruising men on a video chat site.

The Wound

This tough and thoughtful South African film explores antiquated ideas of masculinity.

Bronx Gothic

A documentary/performance piece centered on outage over the historical oppression of black girls.

Swim Team

It is impossible not to root for the Jersey Hammerheads, a Special Olympics–bound swim team for autistic teens and young adults.

Raising Bertie

A rich portrait of black youth coming of age where the odds are stacked against them.