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A Brave Heart - The Lizzie Velasquez Story

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Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School

1010 Camino Pablo

Moraga, CA 94556

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This film is appropriate for Middle School Students (Age 12+). Parents, students and all community members are invited to attend. The movie will be followed by a Student Discussion Panel.

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY introduces viewers to a friendly Texas girl with a big smile, big hair, and an enormous heart. Born with an extremely rare congenital condition that makes it impossible for her to gain weight (among other ongoing health issues), Lizzie has never looked like anyone else -- but thanks to loving parents and what sounds like an extremely supportive community, she managed to have a somewhat normal childhood and girlhood, despite some giggles, stares, and teasing. But then she found the video someone posted on YouTube with the title "The World's Ugliest Woman" -- and it was her. The hundreds of cruel comments ("Kill it with fire!" "Shoot yourself!") could have ensured that she never left the house again, but instead Lizzie found the strength and courage to stand up and fight back, first with her own YouTube channel and then via many media and speaking appearances across the country and around the world. Her tireless rallying cry of "embrace who you are" has earned her legions of fans, and she's now using her influence in support of anti-bullying legislation like the Safe Schools Improvement Act. (Common Sense Media)

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