Superhuman: World's Smallest People

2008, Health  -   7 Comments

For each of the captivating subjects in the breezily entertaining documentary Superhuman: World's Smallest People, the true measurement of a person is more than just inches and pounds. It's a formula built from equal parts determination, perseverance and the lessons learned from overcoming profound adversities.

Living life as a midget is no small feat. Even the most mundane of daily tasks pose a challenge - from pumping gas to placing an over-the-counter order at a restaurant to using public restroom facilities. Michael Hembury, the smallest man in Britain at 2 feet 11 inches, knows these obstacles all too well. Upon his birth, the doctors urged Michael's own mother to give up on him. But from an early age, he refused to let his dwarfism hinder his spirit or his opportunities. Today, he thrives at his job in a customs office and enjoys camaraderie and recreation with a close-knit family of friends. He accepts the realities and limitations imposed by his size, but possesses the strength of character to view his condition with amused detachment.

The film features additional inspiring portraits of other height-challenged figures who are determined to find the blessings in their disadvantages. Constantly bullied as an adolescent, 38-year old Tanyalee Davis transformed her pain into comedy, and her highly successful stand-up act has garnered her acclaim in clubs all over the world and the strongly devoted love of a normal-sized man.

Then there's Ping Ping, a young boy living in Mongolia with his family under extremely modest conditions. As the film opens, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records is travelling across the world to determine if he is indeed the world's smallest person at 2 feet and 6 inches. If Ping Ping succeeds in claiming the title, it will assuredly bring him worldwide recognition and change the quality of life for both him and his entire family.

Superhuman: World's Smallest People provides inspiring glimpses into the lives of those who thrive in the face of tremendous challenges. In the process, the film pays affectionate tribute to all that is extraordinary in even the smallest among us.

Ratings: 8.24/10from 51 users.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. oQ

    @John Defalque, there is a documentary titled Autism In Love, i have not seen it (couldn't find it online) but i watched a Huffpost report about it, may you find hope in watching it.

    This was a good doc of a world i knew so little about. All the characters were quite interesting in their own way. I hope the lady had a good recovery from her operation. The father is a great inspiration.

  2. CLARA

    i love the lady with the red hair when she says

    they think i am disabled and i am like I HAVE SH*T TO DO

    love her

  3. Johnny B.

    Very well done documentary. Without being overly sentimental, this gives some understanding of life's challenges for a little person.

  4. Ben

    HUGE people! Lovely documentary. There's a lot of stuff I never would have thought of, and take for granted each day.

  5. Mahmoud BouRaad

    Values mater. So does freedom.
    Their lives isn't an illusion but a big challenge built from self determination to enjoy living the way they are regardless of what is being said.

  6. Blaice

    @ John, you seem to time rather well for claiming a disability, but what do I know. I think you are being far too hard on yourself.

    This documentary is great though, and how could it's ratings be so low!?!? It features incredible individuals that are full of resilience and determination. The feels were real and I respect all of them.

  7. John Defalque

    I am normal bodied but small brained (autistic). Finding love for me will be impossible so will having a career, getting a degree or apprenticeship-I don't have a learning disability-more like an impossibility and autistic may be too generous, I feel brain dead retarded.I should have been left to die at birth, born to lose.Dwarfism can't be as bad.