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Caldwell teen featured in international documentary: 'Abby just stood out to me'

Abigail Manery is featured in a new documentary that will air in New Zealand and Australia this fall. Producers tell KBOI 2News, they're trying to get it to air in the United States as well.

In about a month, six Idahoans will compete on a national stage, at the Miss Amazing National Pageant, in Chicago. The pageant empowers girls and women with disabilities.

And before the big trip, the Idaho Miss Amazing Teen Queen, Abigail Manery, gets some help from a pro. Miss Capitol City, Megan Wilson, met up with Abby at a local library to her with her walk, twirls, and posture.

But that's not all.

An international documentary crew was also there. From 7,000 miles away, the New Zealand film crew is featuring Abby in its newest documentary.

"Abby and Abby's mom, Lisa just really stood out to me," said Rachale Davies, the producer of the film.

But why New Zealand?

Attitude Productions creates films that focus on chronic health and disabilities. They discovered the Miss Amazing Organization online.

"We couldn't actually believe that no one had done a documentary or film on the event," Davies said.

This lead role in a film is a first for Abby too. A few months ago, being in front of not just one, but two cameras (KBOI's included) wasn't really up Abby's ally.

"Now I feel like I can tell people stuff about me that I've never been able to tell before," Abby said.

Abby's done a lot since she was crowned the Idaho Miss Amazing Teen Queen. She's met with town leaders, fundraised nearly $5,000 for nationals, and has showed up for countless community events.

"I'm more comfortable talking about my disabilities... and being able to have more confidence," she said.

This new-found confidence has driven her to this international spotlight, and will soon help her on the big stage in Chicago.

"I have the confidence now to go on stage and have a little fun."

It's confidence that will carry her through the rest of her life.

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The documentary crew tells KBOI 2News, the film will air in New Zealand and Australia. They are in talks to get it aired in the United States as well. It should air sometime in September.


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