Let's Get Real (2004)

  • Producers: Helen S. Cohen, Debra Chasnoff, Kate Stilley
  • Director: Debra Chasnoff
Film Length:
35 minutes
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Name-calling and bullying are at epidemic proportions among youth across the country, and are often the root causes of violence in schools. 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. Unlike the vast majority of films 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 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 ofLets Get Real includes stories of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a classmate.

The accompanying 132-page Let's Get Real curriculum guide features valuable lesson plans, discussion starters, classroom activities and handouts for teachers to use in conjunction with the film.

When used with students, Let's Get Real has inspired honest dialogue that establishes an awareness about their own roles in society and what they can do to prevent prejudice and promote understanding.

Schools and community groups may also sign up for staff training on how to use Let's Get Real as a teaching tool in classrooms.

Part of The Respect For All Project

The Film Campaign

Act Now to Prevent Bullying at Your Child's School with Two Short & Powerful Films to Engage Parents

The producers are partnering with Welcoming Schools for the 2015 - 2016 school year on a new way for parents and guardians to come together to talk with school staff about promoting respect, supporting diversity, and cultivating ally behavior.

Now PTOs, PTAs, after-school programs and community youth groups can be part of a national effort to open up discussion and take action to prevent bias-related bullying.

When you sign up to host a screening, and purchase the Let's Get Real & Welcoming Schools Screening Kit for a two hour program, your school will receive:

  • LETS GET REAL DVD and 132 page curriculum guide;
  • WHAT CAN WE DO? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders, a short film from Welcoming Schools that shows teachers engaging elementary school students in lesson plans and conversations about bullying and bias (view trailer) and accompanying user guide;
  • Customizable fliers to promote your event;
  • Sample press release to share with your school or local media;
  • Screening organizing guide and facilitation blueprint;
  • Listing on national promotional tour.

This Campaign Addresses

  • What kinds of bullying are our students really experiencing and observing?
  • How often does bullying relate to bias based on factors such as race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, economic status, religion, country of origin, physical or learning abilities?
  • How can all members of school communities promote respect and ally behavior among students?

What You Will End Up With

  • A better understanding of the root causes of bullying;
  • Concrete strategies to talk with young people about bullying and bias;
  • Lesson plans and activities to engage students in conversations about bullying, bias and ally behavior.

Ready to Plan Your Event? Take These Steps:

1. Sign up to host a screening (don't skip this step! This is how we know you are signing up for the package deal. Alternatively, please e-mail us at info@groundspark.org if you would like to purchase the package without signing up to host a screening);

2. Purchase Let's Get Real;

3. Download the customizable flier and discussion guide to help plan and publicize your event.

Issue: Education, Gender & Sexuality, Human Rights, Race & Ethnicity


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  • American Library Association - Notable Children's Video
  • Best Short Documentary - International Family Film Festival
  • Moondance International Film Festival - Best Short Documentary
  • Parents' Choice - Silver Award

Host a Screening: It's Easy As...

  1. Sign Up

    To host a community or campus screening.

  2. Buy the dvd

    Choose the appropriate screening rights for your event.

  3. Plan for max impact!

  4. Get the word out!

    Let's Get Real Flyer Film Flyer
  5. Take Action

    After the film, ask your audience to get involved with your group or take action on a local issue.

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  6. Report Back

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Ten Things You Can Do to Prevent Name-Calling and Bullying

Download these action steps for

  • Classrooms
  • Students
  • Teachers and Coaches
  • Administrators/School Boards
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Local Government
Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Western Hills Healthy Communication: Role Modeling and Rapping Around OUR Kids Dec 14, 2016 Cincinnati OH United States Western Hills High School Auditorium Complete
Brandy Sacks Sep 15, 2015 San Francisco CA United States test Complete
Brandy Sacks Feb 20, 2015 San Francisco CA United States teste Complete

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