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Screening & Exhibition in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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 A GIRL LIKE HER SCREENING IN BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Presented as a partnership between BELFAST EXPOSED,
Belfast Film Festival and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Film Festival 2014 
Beanbag Cinema
December 9th, 2014 – 4pm
link to more information
 
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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
“Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity” 
Exhibition curated by Susan Bright
BELFAST EXPOSED Gallery
October 24–December 21, 2014
Exhibition includes Fessler’s  film “Along the Pale Blue River”

more info to come
link to Gallery
 
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ARTICLES/REVIEWS 
The Doc Option: Before ‘Philomena’ Watch ‘A Girl Like Her’

written by Dan Schindel
for NONFICS: REAL STORIES, REAL INSIGHT
link to article
 
A Conversation with Ann Fessler by Lucy Davies
for German Photo Blog – Hatje Cantz  fotoblog 
(English translation ) link to interview
 
See additional reviews under REVIEWS above
 
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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 under REVIEWS above
 
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A GIRL LIKE HER IS AVAILABLE on DVD
FOR INFORMATION GO TO: Buy DVD on this site.
 
 
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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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