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.
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.
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