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A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015)

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A documentary following the life of Lizzie Velasquez, her triumphant journey to the other side of bullying, and her mission to inspire and empower a more positive online environment.


Sara Hirsh Bordo (as Sara Bordo)


Michael Campo
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Hillary Clinton ... Herself
Lizzie Velasquez ... Herself


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 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. Written by Sara Hirsh Bordo

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Bullying stories are famous for having victims, not heroes

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving bullying, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lizzie Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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This movie could change your life
8 June 2016 | by pensacolacomputerSee all my reviews

This is not really a review of the documentary but more of a thank you to Lizzie.

Its impossible not to shed a tear during this documentary. I think everyone has been bullied at one time or another in their lives. At times I had an extremely tough time in school. I was called many hateful names and each and every time it hurt. I'm a lover not a fighter type. But people just do not realize the impact they have when they pick on other people. Its so sad that people have killed themselves because of this. Some are very young kids with their whole lives ahead of them. So please everyone out there who is having a tough time or being bullied, just remember, it gets better, I promise. Please don't give up, don't give in. Get some help from someone or call one of the hotlines that are available. You are a special person and are here for a reason.

Knowing Lizzie Velasquez, she will probably read each and every review here, so from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you. Thank you for your kindness, courage, inspiration, and motivation to help others. Keep doing what you're doing, you have probably saved many lives. If the majority of the world were a little more like you, it would be a better place to live.

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