Bully, an American documentary film, focuses on five separate children and family that have all faced, or are currently facing, the life-changing events that bullying can produce. Its message hits hard to home, as the vast majority of Americans have family or friends who have been surrounded in this environment.
The film details the stories of those affected by bullying in several ways. In two instances, the film follows two sets of families that had lost children to suicide due to bullying; Tyler Long and Ty Sulley, whose deaths have both been attributed to bullying.
In another case, the movie tells the story of one woman’s difficulty during a time of litigation for her daughter. Only 14 years old, the daughter had been incarcerated for bringing a gun on school bus. The duration of the film is set during the 2009-2010 school year and takes place in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Iowa and Oklahoma.
Directed by Lee Hirsch, Bully originally premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Hirsch himself was a victim of bullying and wanted to create this documentary to not only inspire those who are being bullied to seek help and communication, but to inform those that idly allow bullying to happen to stand up and defend the defenseless.