Bully is a documentary film that is based on the life of children who are victims of bullies in school, playgrounds and even at home. This film shows how bullying can affect lives of children all over the country. As per their slogan “It is time to make a stand”, knowing the facts will help children and parents open their eyes to this and start creating a change. Directed by Lee Hirsch, Bully will come to theaters this March 30th 2012. Let’s take a look at an early movie review by Emanuel Levy:
Bully: The Struggles Of Children And Families Affected By Bullying
“Lee Hirsch’s new documentary, “Bully,” a disturbing chronicle of a growing national problem, which often results in severe damages and even suicide, is a timely, relevant call to action.
The feature, originally titled “The Bully Project,” is controversial right now, not because of its subject matter—everybody agrees it’s important and significant—but because of the peculiar, inconsistent approach of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which has slapped the film with R rating, which means that the immediate target audience—children– will not be able to see the movie.
The rating, which is being contested by the Weinstein Company, was given due to the use of four-letter words. But then you see graphically violent films, such as the smash hit “The Hunger Games,” which has received PG. Go figure.
“Bully” touches a personal and collective nerve: It’s hard to think of any child or adolescent who has not been bullied—or been a bully himself/herself (I have occupied both positions at different times in school).
The docu begins with an alarming statistic: Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youngsters. But not to worry: There are no graphs or stats or even commentary–the evidence offered is immediate and direct.
As directed by Lee Hirsch, “Bully” puts faces to the psych-social dynamics, bringing human scale to this startling statistic, by offering an intimate, upsetting view of how bullying has defined and touched the lives of five kids and their families.
Shot over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, “Bully” reveals a persistent problem that goes beyond racial, ethnic, sexual, and socio-economic statuses. I recently attended a screening presented by Meryl Streep, in which she related her victimization in school, climbing up trees with bleeding feet.
The film documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors, which defy the mythic notion of “kids will be kids.” In doing so, it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in our society and culture at large.
The docu takes a direct, case-study strategy. For 12-year-old Alex of Sioux City, Iowa, the slurs, curses and threats begin before he boards the school bus. Just starting middle school and wanting more than anything to fit in, Alex assures his parents that the kids who taunt him are only “messing with him.” At his seventh grade, the bullying only escalates.”
The rest of the article can be read at emanuellevy.com