Cast: Alex, Ja'Maya Jackson, Kelby, David Long, Tina Long, Kirk Smalley
Director: Lee Hirsch
Running Time: 94 minutes
One in every four Australian school students is affected by bullying.
Directed by Sundance and Emmy award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch (Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony), Bully offers an intimate, unflinching and above all challenging look at how bullying has touched five young people and their families. A poignant, character-driven documentary, Bully chronicles the experiences of each of these families over the 2009-2010 school year, opening a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids and revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. From following the efforts of David Long, a proud father who dedicates his life to making a difference in schools after his son Tyler commits 'bullycide" after years of torment, to the struggles of students who are called 'fish-face", pushed to breaking point and ostracised from their communities due to their sexual orientation, director Lee Hirsch explores the damaging effect of bullying from several perspectives.
Documenting the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviours that defy 'kids will be kids" clichés, Bully captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole, demonstrating the ability of ordinary people to make a difference.
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