BE RELENTLESS: Screening and Remarks with Trafficking Survivor, Norma Bastidas

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

In May, 2014, single mom, survivor and ultra athlete Norma Bastidas broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Triathlon after swimming, biking and running 3,762 miles (6,054 km) from Cancún, MX to Washington, D.C. This challenge surpassed anything ever accomplished in human history.  Norma’s mission is to educate and empower, demonstrating to the world that one’s past does not dictate one’s future, and prove that everyday people are capable of making extraordinary strides in the fight against the problems facing the world today.

Be Relentless is the binational, bilingual, feature-length documentary that follows Norma on her journey to break the World Record.

Norma’s not only a Guinness World Record holder.  On July 11, 2009, Norma became the fastest and fiercest female in history by running 7 of the planet’s most unforgiving environments on all 7 continents in 7 months.  Norma trekked through the thick jungles of Brazil and the driest deserts in the world, all in support of the blind and visually impaired.

She views these experiences as a metaphor for the incredible trials faced every day by the survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence.  “Ultras are tough, both physically and emotionally,” admits Norma, “but the challenge is only temporary.  After I finish an ultra, my life goes back to normal, but survivors have to keep overcoming huge challenges every day of their lives.”


The screening will be followed with remarks from Norma Bastidas. 

The Be Relentless film serves as the grand finale to a day-long series of events connected to raising awareness about human trafficking and the prevention of youth exploitation.  The Intersect LA Summit and display of The Apathy Effect exhibit will be held earlier in the day at USC's Galen Center.  The exhibit is open to all within the USC community interested in learning about the movement to prevent youth exploitation and human trafficking. 

Both the screening of Be Relentless and viewing of The Apathy Effect exhibit are free and open to the public, however registration is required to attend the screening. For more information about these events and how to register, please visit or you can register here

This event is presented by iEmpathize, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in partnership with United States Attorney's Office Central District of California and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.

Event Type

Arts, Film Screening, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus






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