This short documentary with interspersed animated vignettes is designed to raise children's awareness of the harmful effects of homophobia and gender-related bullying. In the course of a lively in-class discussion, children's paintings magically dissolve into two short animated stories. In Anta's Revenge, Anta finds out that creativity, not revenge, is the best way to deal with a school bully. Defying Gravity tells the story of two skateboarders whose friendship is tested when one of them finds out the other is gay. The animated stories in this video will help elementary school students explore name calling and bullying. The video can assist children aged 8-12 in learning about families, differences and respect.
Ages 8 to 12
Study Guide - Guide 1
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Health/Personal Development - Sexuality
Warnings: Students review homophobic language such fag, gaylord, dike.
This film follows a series of in-class discussions and activities to raise awareness about homophobia. There are also animated stories within the film to emphasize the anti-homophobia message. Students can discuss how the animated characters feel about the bullying they are experiencing and the strategies that the characters try. Students can respond to the film with art, story writing or presentations about bullying prevention.