14 Up in America

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  • The second installment of the U.S. version of the classic British documentary series, this film updates viewers on the children featured in Age 7 in America. It follows the young subjects seven years later as they come to terms with adolescence, facing new challenges relating to school, violence, financial status, and family and divorce. In Chicago, LeRoy and Kennisha still fear violence and gangs, although Kennisha's family has moved out of the housing project and is enjoying a precariously improved quality of life. In New York, Lucy, Alexis, and Kate still benefit from a privileged lifestyle but it is marked by its own brand of stress and tension. In Los Angeles, Julio is growing up fast - his scenes reveal a young man bent on self-determination and an awareness of the need to "stretch a dollar." The program makes excellent use of footage from the previous episode for comparison and contrast.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 16, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Update on Lucy, Alexis, and Kate (3:22) -- Update on Luis (4:52) -- Update on Leroy and Kennisha (4:22) -- Thoughts on Education (3:16) -- Thoughts on Drugs (2:35) -- Update on Edie (2:15) -- Thoughts on Race (2:22) -- Update on Joey (4:25) -- Update on Vicky, Douglas, and Michael (1:58) -- Update on Eric (2:53) -- Thoughts on Wealth and Poverty (5:09) -- Update on Ashtyn (3:19) -- Update on Michael, Selina, and Julio (3:45) -- Michael, Selina, and Julio on the Future (3:15) -- Thoughts on the Other Gender (6:21) -- Reflecting on Adolescence (3:09) -- Credits: 14 Up in America (0:45)
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