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Jennifer Petrucelli

As the daughter of a movie director, Toni had struggled all her life to feel good about her physical appearance. At 61, she had finally come to peace with that issue when, quite suddenly, she contracted Bell's Palsy, a disease that left half of her face paralyzed. Now she is on a different journey, an internal one, to explore the question of what role physical appearance plays in her self-perception and feelings of self worth? It’s a journey that most of us will take as we grow older. Near the end of the video she concludes: "I'm learning to understand the profound gift of looking inside rather than just seeing the surface." This short but profoundly insightful video will inspire deep reflection on an issue faced by everyone in a society that has a hard time dealing with the physical effects of aging.

8 minutes
© 2000
Purchase $79 DVD
Order No. QA-465
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-890-1

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