Screening of A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story | Happiness Film Festival 2019


Director: Sara Hirsh Bordo
2015 | Documentary | USA | 78 mins | English

This film is co-presented by Singapore Committee for UN Women.

From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," 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 multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Winner - Best Feature Film, Justice Film Festival Chicago
Winner - Spirit Award, Bentonville Film Festival
Winner - Documentary Spotlight Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award, Illuminate Film Festival
Winner - Documentary Audience Award, Newport Beach Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award, Lower East Side Film Festival
Winner - Best Documentary Film Audience AWard, Traverse City Film Festival

In the online realm, things can escalate fast and get blown out of proportion. The post-screening dialogue will explore the themes of resilience and kindness in a space that we often have little control over.

[Left to Right]

HO (Moderator)
Co-founder, Happiness Initiative

Head for Public Policy for Greater China, Twitter

General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement

The Happiness Film Festival will be the world’s first to be held in Singapore. We hope to raise greater awareness on happiness and well-being through films and post-film dialogue sessions.

The Happiness Film Festival is organised by Happiness Initiative, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting happiness and well-being.

Check out the other programmes under Happiness Film Festival here.
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