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I Am Elizabeth Smart
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I Am Elizabeth Smart

It's been 15 years since Elizabeth Smart, then just 14 years old, was kidnapped from her Utah home by crazed religious extremists and held captive for nine months in 2002. Smart's kidnappers, Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, kept her locked in chains, drugged, raped and starved her, and forced her to participate in bizarre rituals before she was finally rescued. There has been plenty of ink spilled about the horrifying details, not to mention one less-than-accurate TV movie – but I Am Elizabeth Smart is the first depiction of Smart's ordeal to have her full blessing and participation. Two years in the making, the movie stars Deirdre Lovejoy, Skeet Ulrich and Alana Boden in the key roles, winning praise from critics and survivors for its authentic depiction rape, sexual assault and trauma. Most importantly, Smart has given the film the endorsement which matters the most, calling it "the best worst movie I have ever seen."

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