IF Conversation with "Bully" filmmaker Cynthia Lowen

We are not hardwired to bully.

Cynthia Lowen and her production team came to the Bully project without bright lights, big name recognition and, most importantly, without a big budget. They were just there to see what kids who were being bullied experienced. Together with her writing partner, Lee Hirsch, she decided that it was time to present the lived reality of bullying, to debunk the myth that it is a "normal" rite of passage, or just "kids being kids," and to give voice to those who were suffering in silence or shame.

The result was shortlisted in December for a Best Documentary Oscar.

Lowen also spoke at the festival last year in a memorable and moving presentation on the subject, and is captured here shortly after her talk.

The IF Conversations series can be found on IFTV, our YouTube channel. Between now and IdeaFestival 2013, we will release a number of other videos featuring people who spoke at or attended last year's festival.

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