“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” gained critical acclaim at this year’s SXSW, where it won the Audience Award in its category for telling the empowering story of Lizzie Velasquez, the 63-pound 26-year-old anti-bullying activist who is changing the nation as we speak. Born with a rare condition in which she cannot gain weight, Velasquez was the victim of cyberbullying throughout her childhood, especially through a YouTube video she discovered about her entitled “The Ugliest Woman In The World.”
“This movie shines a light on my personal journey, but we have always felt that this truly is EVERYONE’S story. We’ve heard from so many people from all over the world who have been bullied in their own ways and we want to offer hope and show what’s possible when you get on other side of bullying,” Velasquez shared.
“We couldn’t be more proud to be releasing ‘A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story,'” said Chris McGurk, CEO and Chairman of Cinedigm. “The best documentaries have heart, passion and aim to change the world for the better. This film has all that and the amazing Lizzie, too! Lizzie, Sara Bordo and the entire Women Rising team deserve huge credit for making this important film and we look forward to great success across all platforms.”