A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (DVD and Dove Channel Versions Only)

DVD Release: January 5, 2016
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (DVD and Dove Channel Versions Only)


“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 TED talk, and follows her journey as a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Dove Review

“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” is powerful, compelling, and inspirational. It tells of a girl who was born with a syndrome that, for many years, couldn’t even be diagnosed. This syndrome meant that Lizzie couldn’t gain weight and had a problem with her eyes. Her unusual appearance brought stares and, at times, cruel comments. But she went after her dreams, including becoming a cheerleader. When she was in high school, she discovered a YouTube video declaring she was the ugliest woman in the world. Determined to show that beauty goes beyond appearance, she began to make her own videos, which inspired people. Soon she began to be invited to speak and wound up speaking in Mexico to 10,000 people!

This is her story, the story of a determined woman who kept her faith. It’s also the story of her parents, and how her father promised God he would do kind deeds and act on his faith, as long as God spared Lizzie. The depth of her parents’ love is powerfully demonstrated in this documentary. The viewer will learn that Lizzie Velasquez is a remarkable young woman. We are more then pleased to award it our Faith Friendly 12+ Seal and five Doves, our best rating.

Editor’s Note – The digital version of this film contains a scene with a phone text that uses the “F-bomb”. The DVD and Dove Channel versions have been edited to blur this inappropriate language.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: OMG-2; "It sucked"-1; A song is mentioned, with the title "Talk Dirty to Me"; Girl called "Fat A**" and "Wh*re."
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: Mild cleavage; photo of women in bikinis; woman in shorts.
Other: Cruel online comments, like "Lizzie should not have been born," "Her parents should have aborted her," "She should just kill herself," "She's a monster," etc.; the mention of a girl who committed suicide, due to bullying.


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 78 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter