The Trailer For Lizzie Velasquez’s ‘A Brave Heart’ Will Move You To Tears [WATCH]
By now, most people have heard of Lizzie Velasquez, a young woman with a condition that makes it impossible to gain any weight. She first entered public consciousness when she gave a TED Talk in 2013 about her experience with extreme online bullying. Now, Lizzie Velasquez has made a film chronicling her own human story. Called A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, it’s enough to move anyone to tears.
Lizzie Velasquez recalls being 17 years old and happening upon video footage of herself online with the title “World’s Ugliest Woman.” The comments below the YouTube video were hostile, violent, disgusting, and utterly soul-crushing. There were some, which she references in her famous TED Talk, that read “kill it with fire” and that her parents should have aborted her.
Such comments are enough to crush the confidence and will to live out of anyone. Lizzie Velasquez’s journey from her lowest point to where she is now, an accomplished motivational speaker and a global role model, is truly an inspiration.
Lizzie has devoted her life to activism, to telling her own story and in so doing, telling the story of everyone who has ever faced adversity, bullying, and hatred. She has only grown in popularity in the last few years, so much so that Kylie Jenner recently chose her to participate in the Instagram campaign “#IAmMoreThan,” an effort to call attention to cyber-bullying and its often disastrous results.
In the trailer Lizzie says:
“I knew this is my purpose, this is what I’m meant to do for the rest of my life, because I like to think that I’m not only telling my story – I’m telling everyone’s story.”
This movie is not only a must-see, but it’s getting rave reviews in the industry, having received honors and awards throughout this year’s festival circuit. At South by Southwest, it received the prestigious Audience Award.
The film includes a new version of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave,’ as well as a new song by Bareilles entitled ‘Beautiful Girl.’ Finally, audiences all over the country can see Lizzie Velasquez’s story play out on the big screen: A Brave Heart opens today, Friday, Sept. 25.