Dina Jasim the actress who plays Linda Tai in the short film Malicious Attack sat down in an interview and discuss bullying and hurtful words that we speak to each other.
Linda Tai is an immigrant and one of the central characters in the 30 minute film about bullying. The character is being bullied by Savannah (Elina Lattanzio) and is trying to deal with what she is enduring. Jasim comes to the project with a desire to help bring light to the issue of bullying within the teenage generation. “I have seen people around me struggle with the effects of bullying in their lives” offers Jasim. She goes on to reflect on the character and what Linda is dealing with in the role. “Words said by others can hurt deeper than we think. They get into our bodies like a disease, slowly affect our brains and hearts. They sometimes cut deeper than a knife, and can stay in one’s mind forever. Linda feels like this world is too small for her, she feels like she is a crowded room feeling lonely. She is living with toxic thoughts, fighting inside of her brain because of words that have been said to her. People who experience it, start to judge themselves and the only thing they hear is judgmental comments from the surroundings. Linda is mentally overwhelmed and sick on the inside. Yes she is hiding it from people around her while living with it. Losing her hope and herself esteem,” says Jasim. She went on to say “People who experience it get more and more tired everyday. They stop wanting to fight, they can give up on living. They get far away from happiness and start getting closer to negativeness. They lose their hope and self esteem. A few words can impact your life, thinking and dreams.”
She feels the story mirrors what she sees in the world and how she hopes that those enduring these comments will respond. “Some people live to attack others not only physically but emotionally. You can’t change and control what others say, but you can start with yourself and the surroundings. Stand up for yourself and the people you love, bullying is only a word but a word can kill. It is important that we try to prevent the words from doing harm to ourselves and those around us. Bullying is only a word but a word can kill” adds Jasim
Bullying is a topic that the film’s director Matthew Marshall feels is important to open a discussion about. “I think we all have seen bullying in some form or another regardless of our ages. It’s an issue that crosses all lines and borders in our world. Everyone knows someone who has been bullied. It happens every day and it affects everyone”, says Marshall. The film is being produced by his production company m & s Marshall productions in association with IME Films. The film can be found on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6156436/combined