I received complimentary screening access to view A Girl Like Her prior to the theater release in exchange for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. #AGirlLikeHerMovie
Imagine being harassed everyday by the person you once called a best friend and never knowing why. Imagine dreading going to a place you once loved and felt safe. Now imagine not being able to tell anyone and hoping it would simply all go away. This is not just a storyline, this is what millions of children and young adults face on a daily basis. This is bullying and with the growth of social media, unfortunately more common than many parents realize. So common that most children tolerate the behavior because it feels acceptable as a societal norm amongst peers. But what happens when that tolerance pushes children and young adults too far?
Writer and director Amy S. Weber is shedding light on bullying and spreading awareness with her new film A Girl Like Her.
Sophomore year has been a nightmare for Jessica Burns. Relentlessly harassed by her former friend Avery Keller, Jessica doesn’t know what she did to deserve the abuse from one of South Brookdale High’s most popular and beautiful students. But when a shocking event changes both of their lives, a documentary film crew, a hidden digital camera, and the attention of a reeling community begin to reveal the powerful truth about A Girl Like Her.
Although due to scheduling I wasn’t able to interview writer and director Amy S. Weber personally, I appreciated her press responses when publicly interviewed about the film. With a high focus on awareness about bullying, we have many opportunities to hear stories from innocent victims as well as hear about the consequential tragedies. But beyond A Girl Like Her I have yet to see a piece of work appealing to so many different audiences – bullies, victims, peers, and parents all can learn from the film.
The film feels like a real documentary, not a drama, and shows the true impact of bullying on everyone involved. Highly influential and in my opinion, a film all parents and teens should see, A Girl Like Her is bringing awareness to an issue we should be communicating to our children and discussing as parents.
Will you see A Girl Like Her?