See this film: Seventeen at the HFA

To judge from Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreines's 1982 documentary Seventeen (1982), teenagers 30 years ago were no less miserable than they are today. Made for the Middletown Film Project, a series of documentaries about Muncie, Indiana, that was a kind of portrait of Middle America, this chronicle of high-school scandal, treachery, and despair was so disheartening and controversial that it was rejected by PBS - only to go on to a successful theatrical run. It screens at the Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | Sunday, April 1 @ 7 pm | $9; $7 students, seniors | 617.495.4700 or

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