updated 08/19/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/19/2014 AT 11:35 AM ET
“I wanted to stop telling people what happened to me and I wanted to start showing people what happened to me,” Jonathan Novick, a 22-year-old man with a type of dwarfism called Achondroplasia, says.
“I wanted to show everyone what a day in my life was like.”
So Novick did just that, wearing a hidden camera for a day and compiling the footage into a short documentary he calls Don’t Look Down on Me.
The footage shows people taking pictures of him without his permission, staring and saying some awful, occasionally unprintable things. (“What is he?” being one of the more run-of-the-mill – but no less upsetting – variations.)
“The next time you see someone who is different than you, think about what their day might be like,” Novick says in the video. “Think about all the events of their life leading up to that point, and think about their day – and think about what part of their day you want to be.”