Fall Screenings of “A Girl Like Her”

September 12, 2013 in Events by Jacqueline Arias


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.

 Fall Screenings

PROVIDENCE, RI: October 8, 7PM  - free and open to the public
Rhode Island School of Design, Chase Center Auditorium
RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street
Q & A with the Director following the screening
Greenbelt, Maryland (DC):  Utopia Film Festival, Sunday, Oct 20, noon
Historic P & G Old Greenbelt Theater, 29 Centerway Rd., Greenbelt, MD
 For Details: http://www.utopiafilmfestival.org/index.html
LONDON, ENGLAND:  UK Premiere – Oct 24, The Foundling Museum, 18:00
Q & A with the Director following the screening
Screening concurrent with an exhibition at the Foundling Museum 
“Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Loss” Oct 11- January 5
Featuring Fessler, Tierney Gearon, Miyako Ishiuchi, and Annu Matthew
(Fessler’s earlier film “Along the Pale Blue River” is included in the exhibition.)
Exhibition info link     Screening info link
Companion exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, London
“Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity”

A Girl Like Her Website