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IN THE SHOES OF CHRISTOPHER

What to know: A middle school child is bullied because he has OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder, until a teacher develops an amazing challenge for the bully that will change his awareness and intolerance forever.
IN THE SHOES OF CHRISTOPHER is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-12
40 minutes
DVD
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Bullying is such a pervasive thing in our culture. This film takes an interesting approach about how to deal with it. It gets across the message that other children can relate to and shows that some have a difficult time doing things we do naturally. Using comment activities such as riding a bike, it shows how things we perceive as simple can be very difficult for those with OCD. It's a bit slow but has a place, particularly if you are trying to teach someone about this disorder. In the Shoes of Christopher made me cry. Since bullying is such a problem in the schools and the All-Star Assets Sheet has so many categories that this movie falls into, it seems a natural to be picked for special recognition. It deals with the issue of differences and bullying in an interesting way. The lead actor is very good and can pull 12-18 year olds through this one. I am not going to list all of the sections it fits in but suffice it to say that it has appeal, some production value, hits personal confidence in a big way as well as social values (especially service and compassion for others) and educational values. I thought it hit a broader focus that just OCD with the fat boy, the deaf girl and the poignant scene with picking teams for baseball. It educates us as to OCD and the particular oddities that come with the disorder. Excellent.
A middle school child is bullied because he has OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder, until a teacher develops an amazing challenge for the bully that will change his awareness and intolerance forever.
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