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[SXSW ’21] ‘Lily Topples the World’ review: Watch them all fall down

Domino dancing.

Lily Topples the World is a reminder of one of childhood’s most fun pastimes. What kid does not like to play dominoes? Not to play an actual game, of course. The fun was building tracks and knocking them over. They never looked as cool at the they did in the movies, but it was always fun to try.

Lily Hevesh is the most subscribed to domino artist on YouTube. Lily Topples the World looks at some of her greatest creations. It also looks at modern media and is also a touching coming of age story. The documentary also touches on being a woman and a role model.

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Lily Topples the World meshes it’s different idea a together seamlessly. Early on, it seems like it will be more about the art than the artist. Very soon, Lily comes to a crossroads involving college. This idea of change and uncertainty is revisited throughout the documentary as Lily travels the world.

[SXSW '21] 'Lily Topples the World' review: Watch them all fall down

The segments on the importance of social media for today’s generation is very interesting. YouTube has often been the target of the negative change in how media is consumed. (The term “YouTube celebrity” is rarely spoken in a positive context.)

Lily Topples the World looks at YouTube differently. Instead of seeing the video sharing platform as a sign of how awful things have become, it views the site as a natural evolution of society. It is rare to see it viewed in a positive light.

Lily is a charming subject. Her work is interesting in and of itself, but it is how open she is that makes the documentary work so well. She freely discusses her past and plans for the future. She has an awareness that is not usually found in people her age. Lily Topples the World is a heartwarming documentary about doing what feels right.

SXSW is March 16 – March 20. Tickets and a full lineup can be found here.

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