It is a Girl’s World
DVD2004 98 Minutes
A documentary about social bullying - specifically how girls use their power to hurt each other.
It's a Girl's World takes us inside the tumultuous relationships of a clique of popular 10-year-old girls. Playground bullying captured on camera shows a disturbing picture of how these girls use their closest friendships to hurt each other - shunning, whispering and mean looks - to win social power in the group. Meanwhile, their parents struggle through denial and disbelief as they become aware of the serious consequences of this behaviour. By comparison, the tragic story of a 14-year old girl is a stark reminder that social bullying can spiral out of control. Believing she had no other choice, Dawn-Marie Wesley killed herself after enduring months of rumours and verbal threats. This documentary shatters the myth that social bullying among girls is an acceptable part of growing up. Canada.
A different situation is presented in each module, after which questions are posed to the viewers as a springboard for class discussion. What does bullying look like? Who has the power? Who gets hurt? How could conflicts be handled differently? In addition, Glazier has identified nine insidious qualities of bullying, which appear on the screen between modules, reminding viewers why bullying is harmful. For the most part, the film documents the real-life social interactions of a popular group of ten-year-old girls, but it also contains interviews with them, as well as conversations with their parents. The last two modules deal with a tragedy resulting from an incident of high school bullying and are intended for older audiences.
Jean Gervais, Ph.D Universite´ du Que´bec (UQO) Richard E. Tremblay Ph.D., University of Montreal
Main film 68 minutes, Additional scenes 30 minutes, Classroom Interactive Points 52 minutes, Settings for English or French subtitles.