Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.
This is an exploratory film screening created for parents, teachers, administrators and young adult influencers (NOT open to kids or the public) as the first of an ongoing school documentary film series. The intention of this film event is to inspire conversation and acquire feedback from parents and administrators to explore the option of bringing BULLY directly into schools for 7th grade students and older. There will be a panel discussion and conversation with topic experts to follow the film.
|Run time:||USA / 94 min / PG-13|
Youths taunted by peers. It's big news, yet adults just say kids will be kids or wring hands. Lee Hirsch's documentary shows the high cost of that response.
'Bully' is a teaching tool, and the language in question turns on words routinely heard or used by the very kids who should be seeing it, both for enlightenment and solace.
Lee Hirsch's documentary pries open a world of child abuse by other children: taunts and threats that can drive a victim to suicide. The movie received an R rating, but if kids want to see a life-changing film, they should sneak in.
You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference.