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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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