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  • How bullying affects five American kids and their families, and different ways adults respond.

    How bullying affects five American kids and their families, and different ways adults respond.

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  • Alex on Mother's Day, Sioux City, Iowa

    Alex on Mother's Day, Sioux City, Iowa

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  • Alex at home

    Alex at home

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  • Devon, Town Hall Meeting, Murray County, Georgia

    Devon, Town Hall Meeting, Murray County, Georgia

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  • Trey, Ty's best friend, Perkins, Oklahoma

    Trey, Ty's best friend, Perkins, Oklahoma

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  • Kelby and friends, Tuttle, Oklahoma

    Kelby and friends, Tuttle, Oklahoma

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  • Stand for the Silent Vigil, Chattsworth, GA

    Stand for the Silent Vigil, Chattsworth, GA

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  • Morning bus route, Sioux City, Iowa

    Morning bus route, Sioux City, Iowa

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  • Alex waits in the rain

    Alex waits in the rain

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  • Lee Hirsch, Director

    Lee Hirsch, Director

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The Film

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. 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.

At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue, whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, Bully opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic, and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that go beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities, and in society as a whole.

The Filmmakers

  1. Lee HirschDirector
  2. Cynthia LowenProducer
  3. Sarah FoudyProducer