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Watch Shane Koyczan’s Moving Short Film “To This Day”

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Thanks to Court’s girlfriend Sarah for sharing this moving animated short film by Canadian Shane Koyczan, called To This Day. The film is based on Koyczan’s spoken word piece on his experience of being bullied in school, but instead of keeping it strictly personal, he expands into a more general discussion of growing up feeling worthless and overcoming your low self-esteem to find what makes you beautiful. Last year we had Caine’s Arcade to warm our hearts and this year it’s To This Day. Some of you, most likely Canadian, may recognize Shane from the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics where he wowed a live audience with his piece We Are More. The man clearly has a way with words and so far more than three million people agree (YouTube figures as of today). I certainly look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

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This animated piece is the result of a group of individuals coming together and binding their talents in an expression of solidarity and compassion. I am humbled by the extraordinary efforts of those who selflessly gave their time and committed themselves to bring out this message in such a beautiful way.

My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.

I wrote “To This Day”, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. [from Shane Koyczan’s Website]

 

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