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On Beauty
A film by Joanna Rudnick
US, 2015, 31 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W161169
From Emmy®-nominated IN THE FAMILY filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. ON BEAUTY follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty.

At the center of ON BEAUTY are two of Rick's photo subjects: Sarah and Jayne. In eighth grade Sarah left public school because she was bullied so harshly for the birthmark on her face and brain. Jayne lives with albinism in Eastern Africa where society is blind to her unique health and safety needs and where witch doctors hunt people with her condition to sell their body parts. We follow Rick as he uses his lens to challenge convention and media’s narrow scope of with the help of two extraordinary women.


Cleveland International Film Festival, Jury Award, Best Documentary Short
Chicago International Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Short Film
Geneva Film Festival, Jury Award, Best Documentary Short
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Short

  • Doc NYC
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Reelabilities: NYC Disabilities Film Festival
  • American Documentary Film Festival Palm Springs
  • Reelabilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival
  • Frozen River Film Festival
  • Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

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    "ON BEAUTY is, quite simply, a masterful example of how cinema can serve as a humanizing force in the world. We need films like this."

    “ON BEAUTY is a film filled with beautiful moments…it has a serious message, but it’s presented in the most uplifting way possible.”
    Parents Magazine

    “ON BEAUTY questions our cookie-cutter standards…transforms our perceptions.”
    LA Times

    “The film is an agent for social change, encouraging discourse on society’s perceptions of beauty and normality.”

    “Inspiring documentary.”

    "Profoundly moving... A surefire way to begin discussions about beauty and the power of perception."

    "***1/2. Upbeat and inspiring, this is highly recommended."
    Video Librarian

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