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CHICAGO SCREENING coming up soon!



Chicago screening of A GIRL LIKE HER
Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Screening followed by a Q & A with Director, Ann Fessler
in connection with the “Home Truths” exhibition (listed below)
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College Chicago
Ferguson Lecture Hall

600 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois
link to screening
• Exhibition
“Home Truths: Photography & Motherhood”
curated by Susan Bright
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College Chicago
Exhibition includes Fessler’s film “Along the Pale Blue River”
April 18–July 13, 2014
Opening Reception: April 24th

600 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

link to exhibition site
Just heard about this … WAUSAU, WI  
Screening - May 15, 2014 – 6 PM
Highland Community Church in Weston
Reunited mom Susan Vansleet will lead a Q & A after the screening
Questions – contact: susan.vansleet@gmail.com
RSVP by 5.12.14 at 715-849-3311 x 1725
READ the ARTICLE by Dan Schindel
The Doc Option: Before ‘Philomena’ Watch ‘A Girl Like Her’
link to article



For residents of the US and CANADA: to purchase a DVD 
For “Home Use” or “Educational Use” go to: Buy DVD on this site.
Residents of all other countries: to purchase a copy of A GIRL LIKE HER go to:
Journeyman Pictures
(Available in Europe on DVD, download and Pay for View–see Journeyman site for details)
NEW – A GIRL LIKE HER is available with Korean and Castilian Spanish subtitles
Follow the “Watch Documentary Now” button on the Journeyman site
then see “Related” films on right. (Pay-for-View is not available in US or Canada)
Critical Praise for A GIRL LIKE HER:
“The movie speaks quietly but powerfully for human dignity. A Girl Like Her packs
an emotional wallop greater than most other films released this year,
documentary or fiction.” —Dan Schindel, OTSTE
“A Girl Like Her, Ann Fessler’s quietly devastating documentary … offers a
sociologically rich and important deconstruction of a devastating double
social standard that was in effect in those days. In revealing the painful legacy
that permanently impacted so many mothers, Fessler has finally and respectfully
given them a voice.” —Geneva Anderson, Art Hound
“A Girl Like Her, Ann Fessler’s haunting group portrait of women who surrendered
their children for adoption in the 1950s and ’60s juxtaposes their voices with stock
archival images from an era when wrenching human drama was buried beneath
airbrushed images of family and sexuality.”— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
See full reviews and links under REVIEWS above

Film Synopsis

A GIRL LIKE HER reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth, surrender their children, and return home alone. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, does a woman forget her child?

The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels of the time period about dating, sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption—that both reflected and shaped the public’s understanding of single pregnancy during that time—with the voices of these mothers as they speak today, with hindsight, about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.

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