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Summary

KIDS OF SURVIVAL is an Emmy Award-winning feature-length documentary about three years of work and struggle inside the acclaimed South Bronx art/education group, Tim Rollins + K.O.S. For over a decade, artist-educator Tim Rollins, working with Puerto Rican and Dominican teenagers in the Bronx, has made large-scale paintings now hanging in major museums and collections around the world. In KIDS OF SURVIVAL, five teenage boys from the Bronx use their talents as modern artists to wage a crucial personal battle. Their day-to-day challenges and triumphs show how individual transformation is possible, and how a small-scale program can approach the mammoth task of inspiring at-risk kids to empower themselves through education and the development of innate talent. KIDS OF SURVIVAL is about art as a survival tool, fully capturing the group's process through the production of six major paintings. It stands in direct contradiction to the current view of many policy-makers, who consider the arts to be nothing but a luxury, and provides an eloquent example of the role of art as a means to positive social change.

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