Surrey students present video solutions to bullying through film contest

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Stop Bullying Film Contest

A total of roughly 200 students got involved in the second year of Surrey’s stop bullying film contest. Submitted photo

The Surrey community came together on Pink Shirt Day to offer solutions to bullying.

The city started its second annual stop bullying film contest in November, accepting one-minute video submissions from local students aimed at engaging youth to raise awareness about bullying and how to help.

About 200 students got involved and on Wednesday the winning teams were announced for the junior (Grades 6 and 7), intermediate (Grades 8, 9, 10) and senior (Grades 11 and 12) categories.

“It was so awesome,” said Barinder Rasode, chair of the community safety committee. “Not only the secondary school kids, but the elementary school kids — because they’re just so young.”

The winning teams were judged based on creativity, film skills and whether a solution was presented.

“It was really both led by, produced by and directed by kids — that’s why I was so impressed by the elementary school one,” said Rasode.

In the junior cateogry, Maple Green Secondary School students won with their video A Miserable Life, which offered a zero-tolerance solution.

In the intermediate category, the film Words Can Harm created by L.A. Matheson students won and showed the remorse of bullies.

The video Hidden Wounds Never Heal created by Enver Creek Secondary students won in the senior category, which offered the solution of communicating and the Kids Help Phone.

“Their vision and their work into these films was actually very impressive,” said Rasode. “Each had a very positive aspect to the film in terms of wrapping up.”

According to Rasode, the number of participants increased this year, too.

“[That’s] very encouraging,” she said. “I was really surprised with this year’s final category — the [intermediate] film winner was not only the number of kids that participated in creating the film, but it was also how different they were — how diverse they were.”

The video Words Can Harm was created by 15 LA Matheson students.

“Different ages, different nationalities, so it really was obvious that this project really brought people together,” said Rasode. “That’s one of the challenges we do talk about … a lot of kids tend to gravitate to people of their own ethnic heritage.

“This contest demonstrated the exact opposite of that — it was a real mix of kids which I think was really important.”

For more information, please visit www.surrey.ca/stopbullying. To view all the videos go here.

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