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Zion

Floyd Russ

Zion

by Floyd Russ

Zion

Floyd Russ

5 min
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Zion Clark was born without legs and spent most of his childhood in and out of the foster care system. Director Floyd Russ tells Zion's remarkable story, from the challenges he's overcome to the confidence he found through high school wrestling.

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Zion

by Floyd Russ

Zion

Floyd Russ

Overview

Because of a rare condition called caudal regression syndrome, Zion Clark was born without legs. As a baby Zion was put up for adoption and faced a string of abusive treatment by different foster parents throughout his childhood, before being adopted into a stable and loving home at the age of sixteen.

Zion is the first documentary short film by director Floyd Russ, who felt compelled to tell Clark's story after reading an ESPN article about him. The documentary chronicles the incredible life that Clark has led and the challenges he's faced along the way.

Through interviews with Clark and those closest to him, we learn what his everyday life is like and the way society has responded to his differences. In following Zion's journey through competitive high school wrestling, we witness his impressive feats of strength – both physically and emotionally.

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"I used to not talk to anybody or anything like that. But then after getting good, it just gave me a lot of confidence with everything."

Zion Clark, professional freestyle wrestler

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