Probably one of the most important films to watch if you are a parent, educator, or anyone that works with children. As a parent and someone that was bullied during their childhood this film was quite emotional for me. It truly gives the viewer a window into the life of not only someone that is bullied, but also their family. Bullying has negative impacts on family life as well even though it’s not talked about much. BULLY looks into that aspect as well as how schools handle it. Honest and insightful. I like how the filmmaker let us see that sometimes the victims of bullys get bullied again by adults and administrators, as if it’s their fault for being picked on. I cried. I certainly recommend watching this film with your kids (13 and up) and having a discussion about what might be happening at their school.
The documentary BULLY follows five kids and families over the course of a school year giving us an intimate glimpse into bullying at schools and offering insight as teachers, administrators and parents struggle to find answers. Each child and family represent different areas of the bullying epidemic. Bullying knows no limits. The problem spans racial, ethnic, and economic borders. The documentary truly captures the “boys will be boy” and “kids will be kids” mentality that allows bullying to occur.
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Directed by Lee Hirsch Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, BULLY premieres October 13, 2014 on PBS. Check your local listing.
The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the documentary film BULLY. www.thebullyproject.com
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Disclosure: I received a preview copy of this movie. All thoughts belong to myself.