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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Hop To It Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 48 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

This film is a powerful exploration of courage and strength. A musically enhanced one hour view into the world of Renee Rodrigues, a young website designer, moderator, reporter, charity organizer and victim of congenital muscular dystrophy. Renee has a 500lb wheel chair, a tracheotomy and feels constant pain but that doesn’t stop her for a second. She is very popular and has a thriving on-line life with friends like Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes and Hilary Duff. Renee makes the most of every second, loves life and is an inspiration to us all.
 
"Renee is an angel on earth. I believe that there are certain angels that go to heaven and watch you from heaven, and then there are certain angels that are walking this earth, and I believe that Renee is one of them. Renee has had three chances to go from this world and she chose to fight and stay in this world so to me that shows that she has more to do. She's not finished here. And for me, that's hope."
- Edite Pacheco (Renee's Mom)
 
Renee's motto "Suck It Up Princess" is a perfect reflection of her no-nonsense approach to life, best summed up in her own words:
 "Life is full of ups and downs, so suck it up and move on! We can't always have what we want ... if that were the case I would not have a disability and neither would anyone else in this world. So take life and enjoy it because one minute it's there and the next it's gone."
- Renee Rodrigues


Awards:
  • Special Jury Remi Award at Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, 2010
  • Nominated for Best Documentary POV (Point of View) film at the Golden Sheaf Awards, 2010.
  • Winner Short Film International at The International Youth Film Festival, 2010


Links: www.superstarrenee.com/


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