No matter where you are on yesterday’s sentencing of Dharun Ravi, one fact is clear: Bullying creates unpredictable outcomes. You don’t know when you watch a kid getting punched on the bus every day, or humiliated in the locker room, or spied on with a webcam, who won’t be able to take it.
Bully follows 5 kids facing abuse from their peers every day, and their parents, and tracks two boys who took their own lives. It’s a labor of love, and some heartbreak, to the film’s director Lee Hirsch, who was bullied as a kid.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, prime sponsor of NJ’s anti-bullying bill, and her husband Englewood mayor Frank Huttle, arranged for the film to be shown, free. Garden State Equality is getting out the word. The film, rated R for language, was the subject of a widely-circulated change.org petition to change that rating, which would have restricted most kids from seeing it and kept it out of schools. When the MPAA refused to change it, the producers released it unrated. Because so many chain theaters won’t screen unrated films, only art houses and some independents showed it. And I think it’s worth seeing:
“Bully” screening & RSVP details below the trailer. You can skip past the ad by clicking the link in the video’s right side.
Wednesday, May 30 – 6pm
Discussion follows film
Bergen Performing Arts Center,30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood
Tickets/RSVP’s aren’t necessary to attend, but priority seating is through the RSVP, so it’s recommended, given that turnout may me large for this free film. Email your name(s) and phone number(s) to AswHuttle@njleg.org.