Documentary features shine light on hot topics at SXSW

When Women Rising’s Founder Sara Hirsh Bordo became co-founder and executive producer of the first TEDxAustinWomen event she invited Lizzie Velasquez to participate. Little did either of them know, this would be the first step on their journey together to tell Lizzie’s story. Afflicted with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight and bullied both as a child and later online as a teenager, Lizzie refused to be a victim and instead became a hero. After the English and Spanish versions of Lizzie’s TEDxtalk garnered 10 million views on YouTube combined in less than a month, Bordo asked for the honor of telling her story through a documentary.

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Get a closer look at cyberbullying with Lizzie Velásquez doc ‘A Brave Heart’

When faced with bullying, the YouTube generation does what it knows best: turns the camera on and documents their struggles. That’s the genesis for A Brave Heart, a documentary that follows Lizzie Velasquez, a woman with a rare congenital disease that, among other symptoms, restricts her ability to accumulate body fat. Because of her condition, Velasquez has faced constant bullying, both online and off.

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