The Academy Award®-nominated documentary short, When We Were Bullies, from longtime HBO collaborator Jay Rosenblatt (HBO’s “Phantom Limb,” “Human Remains”) has been acquired by HBO Documentary Films; and will debut Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-9:35 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
“When We Were Bullies has found the perfect home. I am honored to have another one of my films air on HBO, where creativity, originality and innovative storytelling are honored,” said Director, Jay Rosenblatt.
When We Were Bullies begins with a mind boggling coincidence from 25 years ago, which ultimately leads filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt to track down his fifth grade class to see what they remember from a bullying incident that occurred 50 years ago. Weaving together a collage of archival material, found footage, stop-motion animation and interviews with classmates and a teacher from the time, the film is a highly personal look back at a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that had been obscured by the elusive nature of memory but had resonated for decades. In a playful yet poignant reflection, Rosenblatt begins to understand his complicity, his sense of shame and the shared nature of such incidents and their aftermath.
Watch the first trailer for When We Were Bullies