“Movies on a Mission” Will Shine a Light on Bullying and Suicide
MADISON – The Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse (MAASA) and the Madison Health Department are screening two educational short films about the long-term impacts of bullying and how to prevent it.
The films, “Alone with the Darkness” and “Breaking the Silence,” will be shown at 7:00 p.m. Oct. 11 at Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave. Both are directed by filmmaker Frank Gigante, who has been recognized by the Hudson County Freeholders for his activism against bullying. The free screenings are for ages 11 and up.
“Bullying affects everyone — victims, bystanders, parents, school administrators and even the bullies themselves,” said Lindsay Prewitt, health educator for the Madison Health Department. “We hope these films generate discussion and reflection on the impact of bullying and inspires everyone to get involved in the fight to end it.”
"Alone with the Darkness" is about a girl who is being bullied but is unable to tell her family. She ends up confiding in a teacher who offers her support and understanding. The teacher breaks down about the bullying she witnesses every day.
In “Breaking the Silence,” bullying victims (and experts) share their stories and provide insight into how we can stop the epidemic. Jane and Joseph Clementi, parents of the late Tyler Clementi, are featured in the film.
Following the films, a panel will discuss bullying and how to stop it. Confirmed speakers include Gigante, Maria Sanders, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and PCI Certified Parent Coach® in Montclair, and Carmen Vasto, a child, adolescent and adult therapist in Green Village.
“The conversation around bullying amongst parents, children and educators is imperative,” Sanders said. “This isn’t a ‘victims’ only conversation. This isn’t a ‘bullies’ only conversation. This isn’t just the school’s conversation or a conversation to just have at home. The issue of bullying needs to come from a holistic and multi-pronged approach.”
About MAASA: The Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse is a community-based coalition dedicated to preventing and reducing the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.