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Anti-bullying film to be screened at high school in Boca

BOCA RATON– To make bullying socially unacceptable in schools and society, Adam Mazo, former Palm Beach County resident, is bringing his award-winning film “Coexist,” straight from a Florida film festival to Palm Beach County high schools for the first time.

The aim is to engage with students to discuss how “othering”, scapegoating and bullying can lead to serious violence and mass atrocities.

The film will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at FAU High School in Boca Raton. It will also be shown that same day at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School from 7:30 to 11:10 a.m.

 “Coexist” explores the painful and personal stories of Rwandan genocide survivors as they are made to try to reconcile with perpetrators being released back into their communities from prison.

Viewers say that “Coexist” masterfully captures the nuance and complexity of the process of dehumanization and re-humanization that takes place during genocide and in its aftermath.

Mazo and his colleague,Coexist” Learning Director Dr. Mishy Lesser, work in schools and youth groups using the movie and companion Viewer’s Guide to challenge students to reflect deeply on their core beliefs. The team engages students in activities and dialogue about pressing issues like peer-pressure, name-calling and bullying, which directly impact the ability of youth to succeed and thrive.

Since its premiere, we have witnessed how ‘Coexist’ is a powerful tool to foster understanding about how violence escalates, how it can be interrupted, and the potential in each of us to be victim, perpetrator, bystander, and up stander,” said Mazo.

“Teachers, students and community members are encouraged to attend this event so that we can begin a dialogue about violence prevention, and learn to coexist in peace with each other despite our differences,” says Dr. Rose Gatens, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University.

 

 The film is coming to Palm Beach County as a program of FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

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