Trailer: Going On 13

GOING ON 13 is a documentary film directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Dawn Valadez that follows four girls growing up over four years.

Meet Ariana, Isha, Rosie and Esme as they let go of childhood and fumble, or sprint, toward an uncertain future. Without flinching, GOING ON 13 chronicles four girls’ coming of age and the precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman. As they grapple with issues of school, family, friends, and identity, GOING ON 13 allows us to see what real girls face during this pivotal time of puberty, while providing a nuanced depiction of their lives.

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GOING ON 13 was supported by California Humanities through the California Documentary Project.

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