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Becoming Ruby: Brooklyn Bell and a Story of Inclusion and Hand-Drawn Heroes – Video

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‘Becoming Ruby’ is of one of our favorite semi-recent films. Find more of Beta‘s picks here.

Many of you may have already seen this piece by Patagonia Films; the story of Brooklyn Bell, bikes, inclusion and hand-drawn heroes. Still, as we launch Beta, we want to share it again. It’s the kind of thought-provoking and important storytelling that we fully believe in here, and think it’s worth a watch, whether for your first or fourth time.

From Patagonia: “If you can’t find a hero, create your own; for mountain biker, skier and artist Brooklyn Bell, that hand-drawn hero was a comic character named Ruby J. Using Ruby as a role model, Brooklyn set out to ‘live like her, breathe like her, be unapologetically black like her,’ finding her own identity in a mix of dirt, snow, art and inclusion.”

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Bell in Bellingham. Photo: Joey Schusler