|28.02. / Tuesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3|
Bullying is now the most common form of violence young people experience. Filmmaker Lee Hirsch spends a year at the centre of the bullying crisis in high schools across America, documenting what life is like for kids on the receiving end of this widespread abuse. Cameras expose shocking scenes of physical and emotional violence, and the equally offensive reactions of school administrators, whose ‘kids will be kids’ platitudes leave tortured victims and their families powerless. Between ineffectual policies and overwhelmed parents, hope comes from the children themselves. Like Tyler, Kelby, Alex and Jameya - innocent kids whose only crime is being different - remind us, ‘It only takes one person to stand up.'The Bully Project' is a troubling and powerful investigation into an insidious social epidemic.
Lee Hirsch was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended the New York Film Academy. Hirsch’s debut film, 'Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony', is an Emmy award winning feature documentary. Hirsch is the founder, director and producer of the Local Voices for Obama project, a series of ads featuring Obama supporters, winner of Best Presidential Ad and Best Independent Expenditure at the 2009 Reed Award.
THE BULLY PROJECT
2011, 98', color, video
Ion Furjanic, Justin Rice, Christian Rudder
Cynthia Lowen, Lee Hirsch
The Bully Project
Festivals & Awards:
Bergen International Film Festival 2011 – Jury Award, Best Film, Audience Award; Hamptons International Film Festival 2011 - Award for Films of Conflict and Resolution; Silverdocs 2011 – Grand Jury Award
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