Nov 16, 2009

Cipher In The Snow

Does anyone else remember seeing Cipher In The Snow as a kid in school. It seems like I saw it multiple times, it was one of the free movies that the teachers could order when they were ordering filmstrips. It was wrenching and it made me cry each and every time I saw it. The premise is that there is a kid who gets off the bus and drops dead in the snow. As the investigator works to find out who this kid is, it becomes apparent that nobody gives a damn about him. Not his neglectful parents, not the teachers and not one of the students really notice him. The investigation essentially determines that he died of neglect or a broken heart or loneliness. It played on every childhood insecurity that existed, and it was used to teach students to be kind to one another and look out for each other. Heavy handed as hell, it has stuck with me all these years. I wonder if there have been any studies to show its effectiveness in stopping bullying. Only in looking up info about this film to write this entry did I find out that it was a Mormon production. The story was written by a teacher and won awards, but the film was produced by Brigham Young University.

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