A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

Directed by Sara Bordo

Starring Lizzie Velasquez

A documentary following the inspiring journey of 25 yr old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist


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  • ★★★½ review by SnowboardJunkie on Letterboxd

    A valiant retelling of one courageous woman’s journey to tell the Bully that she would not take one more step backwards. Or be swayed by the monster’s fearful influence. And better yet, that she would offer a remedy by choosing to forgive the cowardly masses regardless of their choices. Im sure this is a stylistic choice but overall it has a bit of a fluffy feel to it. Just as we are starting to connect with this young lady and the deep heartache she has experienced in her life it turns on a dime with very little “growth” if you will. That’s probably my only real issue with it. But it’s a big one, because I believe it’s impact on the audience is lessoned because of it. Overall it left me thinking, Besides the obvious wrongs of bullying culture so prevalent in society, when it comes to the rest of us sometimes life isn’t as hard as we make it out to be. And if it is we can overcome just like this young lady did. With a heart to forgive her attackers and the will to persevere.

  • ★★★★★ review by naath on Letterboxd

    i love her.

  • ★★★★ review by JulieC on Letterboxd

    Inspiriting lady.

  • ★★★★★ review by Kathleen on Letterboxd

    *LES Film Festival 2015*

  • ★★★★★ review by Joseph Daley on Letterboxd

    Wow. This delicately woven glimpse into the life of real world hero and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez, dubbed on YouTube as the "World's Ugliest Woman", completely obliterated whatever cynicism I may have had walking in- and brought me to tears throughout. The film is exceptionally well shot, short, and affectionate in every possible way... Ordinarily I'd complain that the film just isn't objective enough, but honestly F$&@ that, this film is heart-rending and probably one of my favorite films of the year so far.

    Lizzie Velasquez is a genuine force for good in the world, and her positivity and optimism throughout the film challenges you to not fall in love with her and to just see the good in everyone. The film accomplishes everything it sets out to, and that's all I can honestly ask for.

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