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MIPCOM Picks ’15: A Brave Heart – The Lizzie Velasquez Story

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight. This is a portrait of the power of positivity and perseverance in the face of adversity.
September 1, 2015


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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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