Periodically, Colorado Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado selects a movie that enhances problem solving skills and/or inspires dialogue.
2017 MOVIE SELECTION
Title: The Milagro Beanfield War
Director: Robert Redford (R, 1 hr. 57 min.)
From imdb.com, “In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the rich like Devine. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before the lucrative development is cancelled, a small war threatens to erupt.” —Reid Gagle
2012 MOVIE SELECTION
Director: Leigh Hirsch (PG-13, 94 min.)
Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year, their parents, administrators and peers. The social impact of bullying and the response of those who are starting to speak out against bullying in ways that empower both the victims and the bullies is explored in great depth. For more information, read the LA Times review (link below) and download the viewing guide (link below).
A downloadable viewing guide is available at: http://safeschools.facinghistory.org/content/about-facing-history-and-bully
NOTE FOR EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATORS:
BULLY reflects many of the challenges faced by all members of the school community, from bus drivers to teachers to administrators, when it comes to handling bullying. Many of us are still learning how to recognize and effectively respond to bullying in school, online and in our communities. Many school faculty members may not be trained to recognize the range of bullying behaviors, others may not feel equipped to effectively intervene. Some may feel that even if they do intervene, they will not be supported by their administrators They may think their actions won’t make a difference, particularly in schools where bullying is pervasive or the attitude is “it’s just kids being kids.”
Two-thirds of middle school faculty and staff report frequently witnessing bullying in their schools. Nonetheless, one-third of middle school students report feeling that school staff do not do enough to prevent bullying.
In the best schools, every adult, no matter what the position or job title, recognizes and accepts the responsibility of role model and educator. In these environments, every adult takes the matter of bullying seriously, and sees it as a responsibility to prevent it when possible and intervene if it arises. In these schools, adults have been equipped with the tools to respond in a way that will effectively protect and support the target, and provide consequences for the bully, and all members of the school community feel empowered to stand up to bullying when they witness it.