Nearly a decade in the making, this refreshingly honest film documents the challenges and desires of a group of young women in New Orleans by letting them film their own stories. As this diverse group of young women—two teenagers from the Desire housing projects, a single mother from the working-class suburb of Belle Chasse across the river, and two girls from the most prestigious private high school in New Orleans—make short films about their own desires, this provocative film records the intimate dramas of their changing lives. 

Sensitively and intelligently interweaving the girls' short videos throughout the film’s narrative, DESIRE pivots around the intimacy and risk that the two generations of filmmakers share together and with the audience. Addressing everything from sex and contraception to the impact of educational and material opportunities on their futures as women, DESIRE presents a nuanced and authentic look at modern young womanhood.




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A Grateful Acknowledgement

* Ford Foundation *
* John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation *
 * The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation *

Oliver and Donna Richard Family Charitable Foundation Trust 
The National Endowment For the Arts ٠ The Funding Exchange    
The New York State Council on the Arts ٠ The National Endowment for The Humanities  
The Louisiana Division of the Arts ٠ Arts Council of New Orleans ٠ Hyslop Shannon Foundation  
The Greater New Orleans Foundation ٠ The Women’s Division of The United Methodist Church 
Sweet Katrina Fund/The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans ٠ P-Flag, New Orleans 
Lucius and Eva Eastman Foundation ٠ Ginger Berrigan ٠ Elizabeth Rappaport ٠ Lars Reilly
Margit Gustafson ٠ Mona Gustafson Wilder ٠ The Rosenzweig Family
and many other individual donors.

 P-Flag, New Orleans ٠ University of New Orleans ٠ Newcomb College Institue, Tulane University
© 2007 Julie Gustafson