Partners: Produced by Women Rising; distributed by Cinedigm, Tugg and ro*co films
Length: 1 x 78/1 x 53 minutes
Premiered: March 2015 (SXSW)
Rights available: All rights outside of North America, Taiwan
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight. Experiencing bullying as a child in school, the teasing took on a more horrifying turn when she became a teenager, and a video posted on YouTube, mocking her as “the world’s ugliest woman,” garnered scores of unconscionable comments. Remarkably, Velasquez chose to fight back, creating her own viral videos, speaking at a TEDx talk and having that video viewed millions of times, and heading to Capitol Hill in Washington to lobby for stronger anti-bullying laws. This is a portrait of the power of positivity and perseverance in the face of adversity.
- Hot Docs ’17