Directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo
78 min | 2015 | USA | Rated PG-13
A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.
Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different, and later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman.”
The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her TEDx talk, which has been viewed multiple millions of times, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.
Winner: Audience Award—2015 SXSW Film Festival, Audience Award—Traverse City Film Festival