SA students to debut original films about teen dating violence

'Can't Beat Love' contest brings up tough yet important theme

By Courtney Friedman - VJ, Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - High school students across San Antonio are getting ready to debut films they wrote about the difficult subject of teen dating violence.

Domestic abuse breaks all borders. It finds its way to couples of every ethnicity, social status and age. However, many people don't realize how much it infiltrates teen relationships.

Nonprofit organization Love is Respect reports nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year.

Teen Dating Violence is the topic for this year's San Antonio Youth Film Contest, "Can't Beat Love."

Harlandale High School senior Eryk Carrera is entering a film he directed.

"I just hope they can feel from it," Carrera said about the hundreds of people who will watch his film before awards are given out Wednesday night.

He's been working on the film, "Locked Out," for two months with four other students. They built the set and filmed the entire project at the Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale High School. It's where they take film classes and will be getting a grade for this contest film.

"We chose a situation where a boyfriend is abusive, and usually the other partner doesn't know how to deal with that," Carrera said.

He knows that first hand.

"I've never been in that situation myself, but I've seen it a lot in my own family and my family's family, and my family's friends. I know how to deal with the situation and I do know how to offer help," he said.

He said that's why his film showed the victim ending the abuse and becoming a survivor.

"She handled the situation, which is kind of hard to do," he said.

He hopes his film starts an important conversation and makes his peers realize there's help if they need it.

For anyone dealing with domestic violence, Bexar County Family Violence Prevention Services provides plenty of resources. Click here for more information.

Awards for the the San Antonio Youth Film Contest will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Santikos Palladium. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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