BBYO Sponors Private Premiere Screenings of Hollywood's BULLY Documentary
March 30, 2012
Partners Include Keshet, NFTY, Repair the World and more than a dozen organizations across the country; All Jewish Youth Invited to Stand UP Against Bullying
Committed to respect and inclusion of all, BBYO is proud to sponsor screenings of “BULLY,” a feature-length documentary that depicts “a year in the life” of North America’s bullying crisis. BBYO is the exclusive partner in bringing the "BULLY" movie to Jewish teen audiences, and has partnered with Keshet, NFTY and Repair the World along with more than a dozen organizations across the country to ensure the screenings reach the largest number of Jewish teens possible.
Private screenings are being held in at least 13 select cities chosen by the film’s producers, The Weinstein Company, beginning with premieres in New York City and LA this weekend. All Jewish youth and their families in these cities are invited to see the film with BBYO before its worldwide release followed by a unique discussion and anti-bullying training session immediately following the film.
“BULLY” tells the remarkable stories of five brave families that will challenge viewers to move from shock and resignation about bullying to action, transforming schools and communities into places where empathy and respect are valued and bullying is unacceptable. As an exclusive partner of “BULLY,” BBYO brought the film’s director, Lee Hirsch, to BBYO’s International Convention last month in Atlanta, GA for the first all-teen audience screening of the film and a private Q & A session. BBYO is also listed on The Bully Project website and film credits.
“No matter how shameful it is to admit, every teen witnesses bullying in our schools in some form and we don’t always want to talk or think about it,” said Rachel Gordon, a senior from Cherry Hill, NJ . “I’m proud to be a part of an organization like BBYO that sees the importance of this film’s message and is working to bring it to as many teens as possible.”
For those looking to take action against bullying now, BBYO is collecting signatures from teens and their families as a part of BBYO’s Stand UP for Each Other Campaign for Respect and Inclusion, a grassroots effort focused on creating safe and welcome communities for all Jewish teens. All signatures will contribute towards The Bully Project’s goal to reach one million teens with an important message to take action and put an end to bullying.
“BBYO is committed to creating safe spaces for Jewish teens,” said Matthew Grossman, BBYO’s Executive Director. “We are proud to serve as a convener in the Jewish community, working with dozens of organizations to get this important message in front of a mass audience capable of creating real change in our schools and beyond.” To sign the petitions, learn more and register, visit bbyo.org/bully.
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For almost 90 years, AZA and BBG chapters in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.