Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WATCH: Trailer for Documentary 'Bully'

Filmmaker Lee Hirsh's compelling new documentary Bully, which comes out March 9, follows five school kids over the course of a year to examine the problem of bullying in American schools. According to The Advocate:

"Hirsch documents numerous stories — including one of a 16-year-old lesbian who after coming out was ostracized along with her family by her entire town — but one child emerges as the film's clear protagonist. Alex, a gentle-natured, bespectacled seventh-grade boy in Sioux City, Iowa, finds there's no more terrifying place than the school bus. For him, the ride to and from his middle school each day is hellish — filled with cruel taunts and pencil jabs, even being "strangled," as he puts it, by older students. When his worried father asks about his day, Alex tries to assuage the concerns of his parents by saying the other kids were "just messing with" him. Hirsch traveled on the bus with Alex, and while he was legally prohibited from physically interceding, he became so alarmed by the abuse he witnessed that he took the footage to Alex's parents, the school, and the local police department.

In another harrowing scene, in Perkins, Okla., a boy sobs while leaning against the open coffin of his best friend, 11-year-old Ty Smalley, who committed suicide after being bullied. Ty's father, who describes himself as a simple man, learned to use the Internet so that he could launch a nonprofit antibullying organization, Stand for the Silent."

Watch the trailer below, and learn more about the film HERE.

2 comments:

Wonder Man said...

Looks good, I will borrow this from you

K. Clark said...

No problem lol:).

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