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In a society that is generally hostile to positive images of Big People, it is a challenge to locate films in which the fat character is not the funny sidekick or the tragic loner. In addition, while one cannot begrudge the current crop of successful actors like Melissa McCarthy, Zack Galifinakis, and Seth Rogan. It does grow wearisome. However, there have been entertainment pieces that have celebrated plus sizes and shown the full range of who we are!
With so little time, so many films, TV shows, DVD, online show ... the list of media sources is endless! So do not be surprised if a few wonder movies or shows slipped past you. This March we revisit some gems that may have flown under the radar or are deserving of another look.
|A Matter of Size|
Self-esteem and self-love through sumo wrestling? Yes, sumo wrestling is the featured sport in the international award-winning movie, "A Matter of Size". Four BHM learn about themselves and face life's obstacles while appreciating their powerful frames. When a man who has struggled with his weight for his entire life discovers the world of Sumo, he and his three new friends embark upon a journey that includes coming out, facing the fear of losing a spouse, and burgeoning new love.
Watch a clip from "A Matter of Size".
ABC Family made a gutsy move when they aired a new show called Huge. The family dramedy about a fat camp did not feature the typical sad, lonely, and friendless chubby kids. Instead, the TV show featured well-rounded and real characters for whom being fat may or may not be an issue.
Amid speculation that that the show reward fat kids with a sense of self-esteem and external criticisms, the show was cancelled after only 10 episodes. Nevertheless, what great episodes they are!
Watch Huge online for free.
Jazmin Biltmore is a plus-size single woman who lives with her super-slim, but buxom cousin Mia and works at a department store with her best friend and fellow fluffy, Stacey. Jazmin dreams of one day showing her plus-sized fashion designs to big name clothing line buyer. Follow Jazmin's adventures as she chases her high-design dreams and finds love with a man who loves her sexy curves. A movie about being who you are and enjoying your uniqueness. Academy Award winner Mo'nique brings her signature sass to this delightful film.
Watch trailer for Phat Girlz
|Real Women Have Curves|
A film that celebrates women and the power of dreams. Real Women Have Curves features a teen Latina on the verge of adulthood. We follow her struggles as she dreams of university while working with older women in a garment factory. They learn from each other how to stand up for themselves, both professionally and personally.
Watch trailer for Real Women Have Curves
Written by: Anita Williams
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"Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless."