Lee Hirsch directs Bully, an insightful documentary about the social plague of bullying. The film centers on a handful of individuals, along with an upsetting amount of visual evidence from a year-long investigation. Official synopsis can be read as follows:

“This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying, whether we’ve been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. The Bully Project opens on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who’ll be bullied this year in the United States, it’s a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school buses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that’s certain is that this year…”

Check out the trailer and short featurette down at the bottom!

Trailer for Bully.

Extended featurette.

Bully, 2011