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NEWS
 
 Ann Fessler Receives ADOPTEE TRAILBLAZER Award
The 2014 Adoptee Trailblazer award was announced at
the Eighth Biennial Adoption Conference at St. John’s
University on May 31, 2014.
The Adoptee Trailblazer award is to honor an adult adoptee
whose work inspires and is foundational for future adoptee
professionals in adoption and foster care work. The award is 
unique in that it recognizes adult adoptees specifically for their
pioneering work in a field in which they were “insiders” as
adoptees, but through their hard work, innovation,
professionalism, intellect, and dedication became leaders and
often reformers of the practice of adoption.
 
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UPCOMING SCREENINGS
 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
American Sociological Association 
Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August 16-19, 2014
A GIRL LIKE HER will be screened at the Conference
Saturday August 16 10:30-12:10
for registered attendees only 
 
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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
“Home Truths: Photography & Motherhood”
exhibition, curated by Susan Bright,
 will be exhibited at
BELFAST EXPOSED, October 24–December 21, 2014
Exhibition includes Fessler’s  film “Along the Pale Blue River”
 more info to come
 
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WASHINGTON, DC area
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
2014 Visual Voices Professional Lecture Series
Film screening and Q & A with Director, Ann Fessler
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30 PM
George Mason Center for the Arts – Harris Theater 
directions and campus map
 
 
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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 
(translated to English) link to blog interview
 
See full reviews and links 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 and links 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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