When We Were Bullies

When We Were Bullies (2022)

When We Were Bullies is an Academy Award®-nominated documentary short from longtime HBO collaborator Jay Rosenblatt (Phantom LimbHuman Remains). The film begins with a mind-boggling coincidence from 25 years ago, which ultimately leads filmmaker Rosenblatt to track down his fifth-grade class to see what they remember from a bullying incident that occurred 50 years ago.

Weaving together a collage of archival material, found footage, stop-motion animation, and interviews with classmates and a teacher from the time, the film is a highly personal look back at a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that had been obscured by the elusive nature of memory but had resonated for decades. In a playful yet poignant reflection, Rosenblatt begins to understand his complicity, his sense of shame, and the shared nature of such incidents and their aftermath.”-HBO


Film Facts
Sub-Genres:Biography, Life
Run Time:36 Mins
How to Watch
Free:N/A
Buy/Rent:HBOmax
Photo credits (C) HBO All Rights Reserved

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Awards:Best Documentary Short Subject Nominee (Academy Awards), Short Documentary Grand Jury Nominee (AFI Docs Festival), Best Short Film Nominee (DocAviv Film Festival), Best Documentary Short Grand Jury Winner (Florida Film Festival), Best Short Film Golden Dragon Nominee (Krakow Film Festival ), Best Documentary Short Grand Jury Nominee (Nashville Film Festival), Best Documentary Feature Nominee (Palm Springs International ShortFest), Short Film Grand Jury Prize Nominee (Sundance Film Festival), Best Documentary Short Tiempo de Historia Award Winner (Valladolid International Film Festival), Documentary Short Audience Award Winner (Virginia Film Festival)
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:N/A (Tomatometer), N/A (Audience)
Director:Jay Rosenblatt
Cast: Mark Athitakis, Ruth Bromberg, Wendy Newman, Richard J. Silberg
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S. Murphy

S. Murphy is the lead contributor at The Documentary District. His favorite documentary topics are: the Disney Parks, businesses, and all things 1990s pop culture.

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