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Hole In The Head, Filmmaker Dr. Wilbert Smith

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Hole In The Head: A Life Revealed tells the extraordinary life story of Vertus Hardiman. It is a highly moving film about the triumph of the human spirit. It also demonstrates how the lives of two friends were changed forever through their incredible bond.

Vertus reveals to Wilbert, church choir members for over 20 years, a tragic and horrifying secret he was forced to conceal under a wig  for over 70 years. 

Human experimentation was practiced in the United States during the early to mid-twentieth century. People were used as human guinea pigs without their knowledge or consent. This is the little-known but true story of Vertus Hardiman, who at the age of five became the victim of one such medical experiment that left him with a rare deformity.