"FINDING KIND" Assembly for 7th Grade Girls
Finding Kind Assembly
"In Finding Kind, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University, set out in a cross country journey of discovery and education.
In their 10,000 mile journey the women talked to over 30,000 girls, visited more than 60 cities, and set-up “Truth Booths” capturing tearful and poignant memories and confessions from girls across the nation.
Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find, among all of the unique personal stories, some universal truths about growing up as girls. Finding Kind is a document of that journey, and of the filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect.
In addition to all of the individual girls and women who share their personal experiences about girl on girl bullying with the filmmakers, Parsekian and Thompson include interviews with respected experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education, and the interrelationships of women and girls.
The 2011 film was covered by Dr. Phil, CBS News, and Variety. It was named Best Documentary at the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival and was a finalist for the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival."
The 7th grade FMS girls viewed a screening of the documentary on October 4, 2017 at the FHS Black Box Theatre. They were escorted to the theatre by the female FMS Peer Helpers and the FHS Peer Helpers. After the documentary, Mrs. Bowling, the 7th Grade Counselor, led the girls in a discussion about respect and kindness towards their female peers. The students then completed apology and thank you cards that they were to voluntarily give to other girls. Many girls chose to share these cards verbally as the microphone was passed to participants. The Finding Kind film screening has become an annual event at Fairhope Middle School in an effort to prevent relational bullying and to foster positive friendships among girls at our school.