Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell
Isabel del Rio

Short film: Amanda Todd response Movie and Portrait by the American artist Michael Bell. Topic: Social cruelty over an innocent girl, defeated by the cruelty of our world. A rich world with a great technique and social media but without any ethics or self-control.

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

Honoring Amanda Todd, a girl who suffered too much due to our cruel society, a society that allows playing mercilessly with the feelings of others, unable to curb the cruelty of children and teenagers, unable to stop abuses through social media (YouTube, Facebook, twitter…), media created to improve our lives but frequently used to deceive, manipulate and pressure. R.I.P. Amanda Todd.

Amanda Todd was a teen that sadly committed suicide after years of bullying in Vancouver, Canada.

Amanda Todd, posted a YouTube video entitled “My Story: struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm”, communicating the internal pain she felt approximately a month before her death. It’s a terrible video and we’d think nobody could be indifferent to it. In fact, in the weeks that followed, people across the globe rallied around Amanda and her family, offering support and words of comfort. But Amanda continued alone in her narrow society of mean schoolchildren and nasty ex-boyfriends.

She was too young, only a teen, she didn’t know the world was bigger. Amanda Todd killed herself October 10, 2012, one month shy of her 16th birthday and one month after telling the world through the YouTube video her sad story.

Artists are never indifferent. Michael Bell heard about her terrible life and was deeply touch. That day, he came into his work studio at Southern High, stretched a 4′ X 8′ canvas and began painting Amanda Todd portrait, working on pure emotion, not really knowing why he was doing.

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

When his AP Drawing and Photography class arrived, Michael Bell shared Amanda video with them, and the painting he had just started. They were also deeply moved and felt that same compelling feeling to “do something”.

Before Michael Bell knew it, there were five people painting it at once. Afterschool that day, everyone in his school wanted to help, and his National Art Honor Society Officers (Cat Allen, President; Nick Bryant and Cameron Moltz, Co-VP’s; Martha Thompson, Treasurer; Cora Hutchins, Secretary; Nicole Hylton, PR; and Zoe Kasprzyk, Historian) all volunteered to pitch in and make it a collaboration piece of tens of purple hands signing against the injustice of Amanda death but in favor of showing that our mankind can be good too and can be solidarity.

Their objective, in the end, was to show Amanda family that her memory still lives on, even after the headlines have died down and life for many others has started to move forward.

Amanda mother, Carol Todd, is quoted as saying, “I have lost one child, but know she wanted her story to save 1,000 more.”

Yes, because everybody is not mean, cruel, nasty and jerk. Because there are lots of good people, Yareah magazine wanted to share this Sunday, the movie and portrait of Amanda Todd by Michael Bell.

Hope is still possible.

More about the artist Michael Bell here

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

Short Film. Honoring Amanda Todd Who Died Too Young By Michael Bell

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  • Thank you Michael and Isabel for honouring my daughter Amanda with such wonderful words. Her legacy of helping others through her video story lives on. If we can all keep moving the legacy forward, we will hopefully see the ‘differences that are being made’.

  • Carol, you are doing a great helping work from suffering. This is really important, to turn bad experiences into positive lessons for a better future. I don’t know how to say sorry. I’m a teacher in a secondary school and sometimes, I’ve thought how I’d feel if one of my students will arrive at this kind of border. In fact, teachers can stop this kind of things if we know them in time but we often know half of the truth. It’s terrible, really sorry.

  • Hello, I’m Martin from Yareah Magazine. I don’t how to say I’m sorry. This was a tragedy and I won’t know how to survive to it. You are an encourage person and it is terrible what happened to you and your daughter. I bring you my best wishes and hopes. Any help you need, Yareah Magazine is your home.
    My condolences, Martin Cid

  • first, as someone who has worked advocating for the rights of children in the public school systems, i confess to being at a loss for words after having read this story [some time ago and now, here] and having seen the indescribably poignant video of Amanda – as well, now, as the video by this remarkable artist who is himself a teacher of our children – sadly and tragically this country’s children, in particular, seem to so needlessly suffer at the hands of such bullying tyrants – their very own friends/classmates! there are so many many issues/human elements to be addressed in such circumstances and the more the stories are told – the more the children’s voices are heard – the more their faces are seen – the more protests of the families of the children [and others], the more likely will come at least some of the answers and mechanisms for change so that not another child finds themselves in the dark void that they feel leaves them no alternatives – Amanda, in her video, defines a kind of courage that few will ever know – a strength in openly putting together her own anguish so that her experiences might not become those of others – a brave young woman for sure – but one for whom the door opened and closed all too soon – we applaud her spirit! and send our deepest regrets to her loving parents – regrets for their loss – and regrets for a society in which our littlest most defenseless most innocent ones suffer – however, her light shines on, just from a different place now – my personal deepest condolences to her parents and other loved ones –

    and deepest thanks to michael bell [and his students] for his magnificent homage to Amanda and for helping light the way for others…

  • I would love to see more articles and individuals advocating for youth mental health and bullying/cyberbullying as it is causing much distress in todays society. A few voices goes unheard but to use media to continue to spread the message is significant. That is why I applaud those who STAND UP TO SPEAK UP. Amanda’s voice can’t do it alone. xoxo

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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