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Bully

Wednesday October 24 | 6:00pm

Event Summary

film begins at 6:00pm, panel discussion to follow film with topic experts lt. john reis of P.A.V.E (partnerships to address violence through education), founder and former commander of the providence police department youth services bureau - maria sorensen of healing arts, psychotherapist with expertise in domestic violence, bullying and child abuse - jessica walsh of women's resource center, director of prevention - terrence caldwell of gaudet middle school, guidance counselor and committee member of anti-bullying program. this event is brought to you by the generous support of the newport public education foundation, the gaudet parent-teacher group, the middletown education foundation and portsmouth middle school's bullying prevention committee. (NOT open to kids or the public)

Jane Pickens (JPT)

Rules & Guidelines

no dogs
no picnics
cash bar on-site

This is an exploratory film screening created for parents, teachers, administrators and young adult influencers (NOT open to kids or the public) as the first of an ongoing school documentary film series. The intention of this film event is to inspire conversation and acquire feedback from parents and administrators to explore the option of bringing BULLY directly into schools for 7th grade students and older. There will be a panel discussion and conversation with topic experts to follow the film.

"Youths taunted by peers. It's big news, yet adults just say kids will be kids or wring hands. Lee Hirsch's documentary shows the high cost of that response." - Los Angeles Times

"'Bully' is a teaching tool, and the language in question turns on words routinely heard or used by the very kids who should be seeing it, both for enlightenment and solace." - The Wall Street Journal

"Lee Hirsch's documentary pries open a world of child abuse by other children: taunts and threats that can drive a victim to suicide. The movie received an R rating, but if kids want to see a life-changing film, they should sneak in." - Time Magazine

"You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference." - New York Observer

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.

Run time: USA / 94 min / PG-13
Director(s): Lee Hirsch