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Let's Get Real

by Debra Chasnoff, Helen S. Cohen and Kate Stilley

Opens up dialogue about name-calling, bullying, and bias among middle school age students, told entirely from a youth perspective.

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Name-calling and bullying have reached epidemic proportions in schools today. Let's Get Real gives young people the chance to speak up in their own words about the real issues behind the problem. With amazing courage and candor, the students featured in Let's Get Real discuss racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and more. From the youth who are targeted to the students who pick on them to those who find the courage to intervene, Let's Get Real examines bullying from the full range of perspectives. This poignant film educates audiences of all ages about why we can no longer accept name-calling and bullying as just a normal rite of passage. Let's Get Real is now widely used to jump-start violence-prevention and multicultural educational programs all over the United States, and throughout the world. And it is a must-see for any adults who work with young adolescents.

quoteLET'S GET REAL is simple, honest and oh so effective. ...This can't-miss discussion starter is highly recommended for both school and public libraries.
Booklist, American Library Association
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quoteAnyone who has recently been inside a middle school will likely recognize his or her own school in this dead-on discussion of bullying and name-calling. ...excellent, timely.
David Bilmes, Schaghticoke Middle School, New Milford, CT
School Library Journal
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quoteRiveting...[the student voices] are impossible to ignore.
Joan Ryan
San Francisco Chronicle
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quoteOur adults are learning as much as our kids from your films! This terrific film works for all age groups!
Amy Cheney - Librarian/Advocate, Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center

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quoteLET'S GET REAL should be required viewing for anyone interested in providing safe schools for young people.
Jerry Newberry, M.Ed.Executive Director, National Education Association, Health Information Network

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  • Columbine Award, Best Short Columbine Award, Best Short Documentary, Moondance International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Danville International Children's Film Festival
  • 2005 Notable Children's Video, American Library Association
  • 2005 Parents' Choice Foundation Silver Medal
  • 2005 Honor Award, Skipping Stones Film Festival
  • Certificate of Merit, Rochester International Film Festival
  • Finalist, Best Short Documentary, International Family Film Festival

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Appropriate for: Middle School High School College/University

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DVD contains the 35-minute uninterrupted version immediately followed by an instructional version that includes breaks for discussion. ALsoi ncludes a director's interview and clips of other films in the Respect For All Project.

All orders, except for public libraries, also receive comprehensive 135 curriculum guide. 


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