Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Lily Topples the World

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Jeremy Workman / Feature Documentary / United States of America / 2021 / 90 min / Colour / DCP / In English / Arabic subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


The visually spectacular and utterly satisfying ‘Lily Topples the World’ follows 20-year-old Lily Hevesh—the world’s greatest domino “toppler” and the only woman in her field. A delicate balance of engineering and creativity, Lily’s unique brand of art is an absolute delight to watch with appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z creators. Filmed over three years, the documentary is a wholesome coming-of-age story cloaked within a unique portrait of an artist and a shining example of how passion and dedication can make dreams come true.
Touching on the topics of adoption and cultural integration, this inspirational documentary is a tale of perseverance and integrity. Lily embraces what makes her different and shows us how people can truly shine in environments where their talents are recognised and nurtured. For such a young woman, Lily certainly knows who she is and what she wants to achieve in life. It’s a joy to witness her succeed over and over again and share her infectious passion for art and creativity with others across the world through her YouTube videos that now have over 1 billion views.

About the Director

Jeremy Workman is a filmmaker and editor. His features include ‘The World Before Your Feet’ (2018), about Matt Green’s 7-year mission to walk every block of New York City, and ‘Magical Universe’ (2013), about Barbie doll photographer Al Carbee. He made his feature documentary debut with ‘Who Is Henry Jaglom?’ (1995). A two-time Emmy Award nominee, Jeremy is also the Creative Director of Wheelhouse Creative, a movie trailer company that caters to indie film.


Jeremy Workman
Jeremy Workman, Robert J. Lyons
Jeremy Workman
Executive Producer
Kelly Marie Tran
Michael Lisnet, Jeremy Workman
Wheelhouse Creative
Lily Hevesh

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