Weaving together personal stories of kids and their families, as well as educators, brain-scientists and mental health experts, The Upstanders shows the importance of safely modeling empathy and resilience to transform attitudes and action. It breaks down power dynamics and highlights new laws and established programs that are already reducing bullying in schools, the workplace and other communities. It shows that everyone is needed to eradicate bullying, and gives all of us the confidence and tools to become 'Upstanders'.
The Upstanders Trailer
6th Grade Student
"I've seen a lot of movies about bullying, but the focus on brain science and how bullying has evolved was very interesting and made me think differently"
Middle School Teacher
"What struck me is that we need a cultural shift in our school. I feel like we need to start emulating what we saw in the film - celebrating kindness, rather than consequences for unwanted behavior."
7th Grade Student
"I think this documentary really reflects what our world is like today. But as bad as things seem, I left hopeful that we can make a change. And I know I can be a part of this change."
On October 26, 2022, Sam Jacobson and Colbi Twiss shared information about ‘The Upstanders’ with KTVB's #IdahoToday in an in-studio interview.