This beautiful, exciting, and controversial documentary on the concept of beauty of the Brazilian model who became filmmaker Cris Saur explores beauty in a more meaningful way and addresses some issues related to low self-esteem.

Our need to fit into society, to be loved and accepted, create an abyss between who we are and who we become. Director and producer Cris Saur was bullied in school for being taller and skinnier than the rest of the girls. Later she became a model for the exact same features she was bullied for.

The pressure for the perfect look left her with very low self-esteem, and she only realized how damaged her self-esteem was after being physically abused by a former partner. Her distorted ideas of her role as a woman in our society, topped with her low self-esteem were the main reasons why she stayed so long in the abusive relationship. The abuse followed by depression and panic attacks were the catalyst of her quest for beauty.

Low self-esteem can create anxiety, stress, loneliness, and an increased likelihood of depression. It can cause problems with friends and romantic relationships, also seriously impair academic and job performance, leading to vulnerability to drug and alcohol abuse. Studies have also shown a relationship between domestic abuse and low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is not yet a recognized mental illness, but it has a close relationship with mental health because it paves the way to some dreaded mental disorders.

The statistics on bully and suicide are alarming: suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 death per year. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7% have attempted it. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Since the lockdown started, cases of domestic abuse have risen by 20% globally, as many people are trapped at home with their abusers. This only adds up to the alarming numbers of domestic abuse cases – 12 million people per year, in the US alone. With this in mind, the producer had the idea of moving their World Premiere from in-person to online, which will allow them to create awareness of this persistent problem. After the screening follows a live Q&A with the filmmakers. The world premiere of the documentary Quest for Beauty takes place Saturday. Sept 5th, 7 pm (U.S Pacific Time). You can purchase your ticket HERE.

* 100 % of the monies will go to the Face Foward International Foundation to support in their mission in helping victims of domestic abuse, sex trafficking, and creel acts of crime. 

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