Part 1 of this series stops in Denver to meet two 17-year-olds who have little in common: one's a middle-class kid; the other's an ex-gang member who's getting into his Lakota roots. "Before you can ever understand who you are," he says, "you better find out where you came from."
Part 3. In Chicago, the filmmakers profile a 14-year-old girl who's struggling to stay out of a gang. And in suburban Illinois, they meet a city kid who is living with a friend's family so he can play football and, perhaps, win a college scholarship: he's the star on a powerhouse team.
Profiled in Part 4: A Dayton, Ohio, 19-year-old who is "confused about his sexual orientation"; and a 17-year-old dropout in blue-collar East Dayton, who's asked: "How do you feel now?" His reply: "Stupid."
Part 2 of this series stops at a reservation in South Dakota, where two Lakota teens are "living like they're in a third-world country"; and in the nearby town of Rushville, where many whites look down on Native Americans.
In the conclusion of this eight-part series, the filmmakers visit Albuquerque to profile a Native American girl who has had brushes with the law, and two gay teens who are "out"---and often out of school, claiming that they are harassed because of their sexual orientation.
Part 5 stops in Philadelphia. Profiled: two inner-city friends, one of whom is focused (he wants to be a filmmaker); and a middle-class 15-year-old who doesn't like her school. She's also struggling to admit to herself that she has an eating disorder.
Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.