What promises to be one of the most powerful movies – true or fictional – to come out about bullying is BULLY, a documentary set to premiere in select cities on March 30th. The film explores how bullying has affected five different kids and their families. Filmed over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, BULLY shows how kids’ lives are endangered, how teachers and administrators respond to different behaviors and incidents and how more and more parents and youths are trying to change how bullying is handled in schools and communities.
The film has already received high praise and various awards including “Winner” and “Official Selection” at multiple film festivals last year. An accompanying initiative of the film is The Bully Project, bringing together partner organizations that are against bullying, and that hope to change societal norms that have allowed bullying incidents to occur to the different extents highlighted in the film. Check out The Bully Project website here, featuring information for parents, students, educators and advocates, a viewing guide to help adult and student audiences understand the meaning of the film and the opportunity to “share your bully story,” giving kids from all over the country the opportunity to post stories or photos or record videos about their own personal experiences with bullying.
Watch the official trailer here and be sure to catch BULLY when it comes to theaters in your city.
Is this a movie that you will encourage your kids to see? Have there been serious bullying problems in your child’s school?