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'A Girl Like Her' adds twist on bullying, but story stumbles

'A Girl Like Her' adds twist on bullying, but story stumbles

The line between nonfiction and narrative is often blurred, and in "A Girl Like Her," Amy S. Weber explores how traditional documentary storytelling techniques can be used to tell a familiar but fictional tale. Using a mix of found footage and more traditional documentary style complete with intertitles, chyrons and an off-screen director interacting with the film's characters, "A Girl Like Her" tells the well-worn story of teenage bullying and suicide. Jessica (Lexi Ainsworth) is bullied mercilessly by former friend and mean girl Avery (Hunter King), leading to Jessica's eventual suicide attempt. While she is in the hospital in a coma, her family, school...

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