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USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Next Gen)

Director: Lee Hirsch

“Serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers.” - Variety

With millions of kids every year suffering schoolyard persecution at the hands of their peers, bullying is the most prevalent form of violence young people experience. From teasing to cyberbullying to the persecution of GLBTI teens, bullying transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic boundaries.

Sundance award-winning director Lee Hirsch's powerful, controversial documentary Bully captures the human face of this torment. Profiling five victims, the film is a confronting - and for many, all-too familiar - picture of a bullied child's life. Hirsch, himself a former victim, aims to show this behaviour is not just ‘kids being kids' but real abuse with real consequences.

Visually impressive and deeply compelling, Bully captures the silent terror of victims' daily lives and demands that the issue is no longer dismissed as simply a part of growing up. Awarded a Special Jury Mention at Silverdocs Film Festival 2011, Bully deserves to be seen as widely as possible.

Lee Hirsch is a guest of the festival.

Rated M

D Lee Hirsch P Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen S Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen Dist Village Roadshow Entertainment TD DCP/2011

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