Press release from the Minneapolis Parks:
Family Fun Twin Cities Note: This independent film has not yet been released, so I was unable to find age recommendations. After reading the description and pictures, I would suggest this movie for more mature children.
This summer Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MRPB) and End Time Harvest Productions will be screening the award nominated anti-bullying film “Boys Cry” at six different parks, with outdoor and indoor showings culminating with an opportunity to meet cast and crew members on October 19.
Outdoor Screenings (start 15 minutes after sunset)
- Sunday, July 28at Bottineau Park
- Sunday, August 4 at Pershing Park
- Sunday, August 11 at Whittier Park
- Sunday, August 18 at Bohannon Park
- Saturday, September 7 at East Phillips Park
Indoor Screenings with Cast and Crew Members
- Saturday, September 21 at Farview Park from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Farview Recreation Center. The film’s producers and at least one cast member will be present for a question-and-answer session.
- Saturday, October 19 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Central Event Center. Youth, families and community members will have the opportunity to meet the entire main cast and crew of the film, participate in a question-and-answer session and take pictures/autographs with the cast.
“Boy’s Cry” is a fiction film based on a true account that details the tale of an African raised teenager whose life takes an incredible turn for the worse when his peers target him for his differences in culture and ultimately force him to engage in acts that, without influence, he would never commit. End Time Harvest Productions will be releasing the film in fall 2013.
The terrifying statistics about the act of bullying and the chaos it causes are a harsh reality. Bullying plays a part in missing vital days of education, damages to self-confidence, extreme peer pressure, contemplation of suicide, and even accidental juvenile homicide. The effects of bullying are felt by the individual, his or her family, and the community that surrounds them.
The goals of screening “Boys Cry” in the parks system are to provide families and communities with family friendly entertainment while supplying them with the opportunity to learn about the realities of bullying, to understand the impact bullying has on youth, to begin a dialogue around bullying, to encourage youth to stand up for one another and to equip parents with tips on how to take action if they suspect their youth is being bullied.
“Boys Cry” has received 11 nominations for the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards – African Oscars on September 14th, 2013 in Washington D.C. at the Warner Theatre. The film’s major nominations include: Best Sound, Best Docu-Drama, Best Film of Diaspora, Best Youth Actor of the Diaspora in which: Elijah Kondeh, Boakai ‘B-lo’ Kimba and Ceerah Hamilton have all received nominations.