5 Girls

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5 Girls
5 Girls Poster.jpg
Directed byMaria Finitzo
Produced byMaria Finitzo
David E. Simpson
Gordon Quinn (Executive Producer)
Jerry Blumenthal (Co-Executive Producer)
CinematographyDana Kupper
Edited byDavid E. Simpson
Distributed byKartemquin Films
Release date
  • 2001 (2001)
Running time
120 min
CountryUnited States

5 Girls is a documentary released in 2001 by Kartemquin Films for PBS's P.O.V. series. The film follows five young women between the ages of 13 and 17.

Directed by Maria Finitzo, 5 Girls made its television premiere on PBS's P.O.V. on October 2, 2001.

At the time of the film's release, The New York Times praised 5 Girls for its "intimacy and candor". Reminiscent of Michael Apted's classic Up! series, the film unfolds into a bold "sociological portrait" showing the transformation of each girl into a woman.[1][2] In 2002, 5 Girls was awarded the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media from the Council on Foundations. The film also took home The Silver Award from the Chicago Film & Television Competition.[3]

In September 2007, Kartemquin Films released 5 Girls on DVD.


  1. ^ "5 Girls (2001)". Southern, Nathan. The New York Times. Retrieved 26 Dec. 2011.
  2. ^ "5 Girls-Television Review". Wertheimer, Ron. The New York Times. 1 Oct. 2001. Retrieved 26 Dec. 2011.
  3. ^ "Sundance DocSource." Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine. Sundance Institute. Retrieved 26 Jan. 2011.

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