Bluebird

  • 76'
  • Netherlands
  • 2004
For a series of six television films, the socially committed director Mijke de Jong made a film about bullying. With its observing camera, the film follows Merel, a 12-year-old girl who suddenly becomes a victim of bullying at school from one day to the next. Not because she is shy, dumb or ugly - Merel does well in the classroom and the gym - but because she happens to become the butt of a power game. At first, the bullying is carried out on the q.t., but later it becomes more frequent, open and above-all violent. At home, she doesn't let on about it, neither to her parents nor to her adopted handicapped brother, with whom she spends a lot of her time. As the bullying increases, Merel loses her childlike innocence and becomes hardened. Even her little brother suffers.
Director
Mijke de Jong
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2004
Festival Edition
IFFR 2005
Length
76'
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Language
Dutch
Producers
Eyeworks Egmond, Hans de Wolf
Sales
Eyeworks Egmond
Screenplay
Helena van der Meulen
Production Design
Jolein Laarman
Cast
Elsie de Brauw
Local Distributor
1 more film
Website
http://www.egmondfilm.nl