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"I Am Not My Body" Emmy Winning Documentary Takes Home 2 Awards

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Published on Apr 2, 2012

BYU's documentary student Emmy winner "I Am Not My Body" is about Marius, a severely burned 9-year-old boy who was befriended by two BYU students who were interning at a Romanian orphanage. They found a way to bring him to the United States for surgery, recovery and a new life. At the College Television Awards March 31, 2012, this remarkable documentary about Marius' journey won a 2nd place documentary award and director Mark Williams was honored with the Seymour Bricker Family Humanitarian Award.

(This clip produced by BYU Weekly April 27, 2011; the full news story can be viewed on byutv.org). See also: http://news.byu.edu/archive12-apr-emm...)

Marius suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns on 75% of his body in a house fire in 2007. In addition to the tremendous pain and injury Marius suffered from the fire, including the loss of both eyelids, his nose and all of his fingers, Marius also lost both of his parents.

With the help of two BYU students who met him during a study abroad trip to Romania, Marius moved to the United States and received numerous surgeries. Those surgeries continue today.

Director Mark Williams learned about Marius through a network of friends and knew immediately that he wanted to tell the story of his recovery and ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

"The fact that the [Academy] Foundation would see something in our film is completely humbling and a complete honor," Williams said. "It proves to me the amazing power of the story and how it resonates with people."

The Foundation was so impressed with the documentary that they arranged for both Mark and Marius, who now lives in San Diego, to be at the award ceremony, where Williams was awarded the Seymour Bricker Family Humanitarian Award.

Williams, who graduated during the summer with a degree in Communications, did the documentary as part of his Honor's Thesis and was advised by broadcast professor Robert Walz.
"Mark went to great personal expense and effort to travel all the way to Romania to shoot this story," Walz said. "He's very bright and a very hard-working student. The recognition he's receiving is a great tribute to his ability."

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