25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The film opens up the topic of safety in public American high schools in response to the country’s frequent school shootings committed by armed students. While sports games, homecoming, and prom remain traditional high school rituals as always, a new set rituals have become commonplace: school lockdown drills, bag checks when entering the school, and even firearm training for teachers. The film approaches the deep, systemic problem of mass murders caused by racial and economic inequality among adolescents in American society, while also exploring the unimaginable fear for many European viewers that you can actually get shot in math class.
“We’re doing everything we can to harden the infrastructure to keep people from getting in, but what keeps me up at night is that the wolf is in the henhouse. The threat always comes from inside.“ Bulletproof, (15:30–15:50)
biographyTodd Chandler is an American filmmaker and artist and works as a teacher at the Film Department of Brooklyn College in New York. In his documentaries and gallery installations, he tackles socio-political issues in the USA. He won the Award for Emerging International Filmmaker for his film Bulletproof (2020) at the Hot Docs Festival in Canada.
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|editing:||Shannon Kennedy, Todd Chandler|