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Newport Beach Film Festival: 'A Brave Heart' shows Lizzie Velasquez's fight
Newport Beach Film Festival: 'A Brave Heart' shows Lizzie Velasquez's fight

Sara Hirsh Bordo's documentary "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story" begins with silence, a blank white wall and then a woman's face. That face may be jarring to unprepared viewers — an understanding that led Bordo to place it on the screen first. The nose is unusually long and slender, the cheeks gaunt, the baggy skin suggesting a person much older than 25. Without narration or fanfare, the woman walks in from off camera and simply sits with a smile, stroking her hair as if waiting to have her picture taken. Most important, she makes eye contact with the audience. Velasquez, born with a rare condition that makes her incapable of gaining weight, is used to...

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