Anti-Bullying Films Showing in Arizona

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"Submit the Documentary" special showing in Tucson, Arizona.

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Because of the anonymity, kids who never thought of being a bully are becoming harassers

Submit a cyberbullying documentary is being shown as the first film in a four film series for Bullying Awareness Month in October. The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, in conjunction with The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona, The Loft Cinema and the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, is pleased to partner in a four-part film series designed to create a community conversation about bullying. Submit the Documentary will be shown on October 10, 2013 at the Loft Cinema at 6:30pm (

Alice Cahn (Cartoon Network) also featured in the film describes Submit as, "It’s an impressive collection of interviews with key experts in the field; and offers a sobering look at a devastating health issue affecting America’s, and the world’s, youth".

Submit the Documentary exposes the most epic struggle in the digital, Internet age: cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying by means of electronic technology committed through email, instant messaging, mobile applications, social media, chat rooms, and blogs or through messages and images sent through a cell phone. Because of the anonymity, kids who never thought of being a bully are becoming harassers. By exploring the complicated dynamics behind cyberbullying, Submit the Documentary describes the impact and outcomes of advanced technology and human nature in a lawless, new, social frontier. In the worst cases, kids and teens take their own lives as the families in Submit the Documentary know all too well. Their narratives describe their close encounters with cyberbullying in heart wrenching detail compared to the lighthearted innocence of kids blithely describing their experience with sexting. Submit the Documentary demystifies the problem by including numerous experts who enlighten parents and viewers to the subculture of social media that children are participating in every day. The experts explain the extent of the problem, roadblocks to solutions, and offer potential, unconventional solutions. (Dir. by Les Ottolenghi, 2013, USA, 56 mins, NR) Digital

Recent film reviews include prominent educational company Common Sense Media which gives the film 4 out of 5 stars, "Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying" is a compilation of personal stories told from various points of view. It includes interviews with kids, academics, psychologically trained professionals, educators, parents, and law enforcement officials. The statistical information it offers about online bullying (and, tangentially, sexting) is well integrated with the fabric of the movie's intent: to reveal the profound emotional impact of cyberbullying and to propose positive ways of countering it. Cyberbullying is epidemic, the experts testify -- and most of them are stymied by their inability to maintain damage control. Kids are afraid to fight back, afraid to get involved when others are being hurt, and they struggle to avoid intimidation themselves. But the filmmakers aren't satisfied with that bleak picture. They counter with theories that do work -- primarily teaching empathy and educating those they term "bystanders," who are deemed to be the best defense against the predators". (

Upcoming showings of "Submit the Documentary" include, FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia on Sept 21, 2013 and the United Nations Association Film Festival in San Francisco showing at the end of October.

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