A new documentary that examines the national epidemic of bullying — through the eyes of school children and parents — was released in Montclair on Friday.
“Bully,” a PG-13 non-fiction work that runs a little longer than 90 minutes, profiles a number of teenagers who are pushed around and harassed by others. The film includes interviews with parents of two children who committed suicide after being fed up with being bullied, the movie’s website explains. But it also talks about the efforts those parents are making to spread awareness to others about the problem.
According to the trailer, the documentary catches on camera uncomfortable moments of bullying, in real time.
One of the victims is Alex, a 12-year-old middle schooler from Sioux City, Iowa. During the trailer, Alex is seen pushed and punched by others while on the school bus. (See the attached YouTube video for the full trailer). As noted on the documentary's website, "Bully" seeks to offer potential solutions and bring discussion on how to approach it.
"The 'Bully' Project will catalyze audience awareness to action with a series of tools and programs supported by regional and national partners," the website states.
Bully is playing at the Clairidge Cinema on Bloomfield Avenue. For showtimes go here.
For more on dealing with bullying, one of Patch's bloggers, Counselor Michael Stokes, .