Rites of Passage – Mentoring the Future (working title) is a 90 minute feature length documentary that will do for rites of passage what Inconvenient Truth did for global warming – bring it out of the underground into the mainstream.
The villages are burning. Worldwide. An estimated $500 billion is spent yearly on teen dysfunctions in the U.S. alone: drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and STDs, school dropouts and expulsions, gang and property crimes, traffic accidents, ADD, ADHD, depression and violence... Culturally appropriate rites of passage and mentorship programs will help solve these problems. It just might be the silver bullet for youth development. Our film will not only tell an inspirational story showing people exactly why ritually guided rites of passage and mentorship are necessary for all young people, it will offer the launching pad for a movement that begins right when the lights come up for communities’ to begin co-creating programs for their own youth right then and there.
See our first trailer for the film below:
For more on rites of passage , watch this video of Joseph Campbell speaking to the significance of initiation rituals.