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In a forthcoming documentary, a woman with alopecia—a condition marked by intense hair loss—is Rapunzel, the fairytale princess who was known to let down her thick locks for people to climb up into the tall tower she’d been imprisoned in. Another, who had fallen down the rabbit hole of addiction is Alice in Wonderland, eight years after she climbed out of the ‘wonderland’ of drug abuse, to finding her happily ever after. A man, representing the LGBT community, is Prince Charming, undercutting the notion that a Prince will need to find a Princess to get his happy ending.

Called Finding Your Fairytale, the documentary, conceptualised by Milwaukee-based Angie Kupper, is currently running a campaign on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter. Kupper herself, diagnosed with Narcolepsy—a chronic fatigue and sleeping disorder—is one of the 13 people featured in the film. “We are rewriting the classic stories with more realistic obstacles and characters that are more human and relatable", says Kupper on the Kickstarter page, adding that the film will be told in a way that’s “emotional yet whimsical, tying in iconic elements of the classic fairytales as symbolic representations of the darker aspects of each story."

Scheduled for a spring 2017 release, the Kickstarter campaign for this project ends on 3 September and has currently raised $7,707 as against their goal of $12,500.

Inspired by her mother who made her believe in the magic of fairytales, but who committed suicide in 2005, Kupper says she’s “made it (her) mission to inspire others to keep fighting their battles, to continue writing their story, and to believe that happily after is not only attainable, but well-deserved."

The documentary presents itself as a cause with a vision to “break down stigma" attached to issues like domestic abuse (a person who’s emerged from a abusive marriage is Belle from Beauty and the Beast), mental illnesses (Snow Queen is portrayed by someone who has overcome depression, and Pocahontas by a woman who has suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and to “provide positive role models for young people" in a “world where we are bombarded with scary and depressing stories."

Visit the Kickstarter campaign here

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