Video: Let's Get Real


Name-calling and bullying are at epidemic proportions in schools across the country, particularly in middle schools where children are first learning to navigate through strict social hierarchies. Unlike the vast majority of videos made for schools about the issue, Let's Get Real doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or feature adults lecturing kids about what to do when “bad” kids pick on them. Let's Get Real gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words—and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring and poignant.

Let's Get Real examines a variety of issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. The film not only gives a voice to targeted kids, but also to kids who do the bullying to find out why they lash out at their peers and how it makes them feel. The most heartening part of Let's Get Real includes stories of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a classmate.

Of all the films in The Respect for All Project about young people and prejudice, Let's Get Real is turning out to be the most sobering, the most real and, perhaps, the most important.
35:30, includes versions with chapter breaks and without.