________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005

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It's a Girl's World: A Documentary About Social Bullying.

Lynn Glazier (Director & Writer).
Gerry Flahive (Producer).
Montreal, PQ: National Film Board of Canada, 2004.
52 min., VHS, $99.95; DVD , $120.00.
Order Number: C 9104 076.

Subject Headings:
Bullying.
Bullying in schools.
Peer pressure.

Grades 4-12 / Ages 9-17.
Review by Kristin Butcher.

*** /4

Schoolyard bullying is nothing new, but the twist Lynn Glazier puts on it in this 52 minute NFB film definitely is. In this production, the stereotypical images of bullies are thrown out the window. Instead of big bruiser boys tormenting their smaller, weaker counterparts, the bullies Glazier focuses on are sweet, angelic, fresh-faced 10-year-old girls.

     This version of the film is intended for classroom use, to help teachers help children change the ways in which they handle social conflict. It is made up of six 5 10 minute modules that examine the varied and complex aspects of bullying. A different situation is presented in each module, after which questions are posed to the viewers as a springboard for class discussion. What does bullying look like? Who has the power? Who gets hurt? How could conflicts be handled differently? In addition, Glazier has identified nine insidious qualities of bullying, which appear on the screen between modules, reminding viewers why bullying is harmful.

     For the most part, the film documents the real-life social interactions of a popular group of ten-year-old girls, but it also contains interviews with them, as well as conversations with their parents. The last two modules deal with a tragedy resulting from an incident of high school bullying and are intended for older audiences.

     Glazier's goal is to make viewers realize that social bullying among girls need not be an accepted part of growing up. Awareness is the first step. With schoolyard conflicts approaching epidemic levels, It's a Girl's World could very well be an invaluable tool in eradicating the problem.

 

Recommended.

Kristin Butcher lives and writes in Victoria, B.C.

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