DocNight: A Girl Like Her

DocNight: A Girl Like Her

USA, 2012, 48 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Family Issues

7pm – Thursday, June 13th
Director Ann Fessler In-Person for a Q&A and post-film reception!
Preceded by Fessler’s 1993 short film CLIFF & HAZEL


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.

DIRECTOR: Ann Fessler

The following short films will screen before this film...

  • Cliff & Hazel

    Cliff & Hazel

    USA , 1993 , 25 min.
    Director: Ann Fessler Cliff & Hazel is an adopted daughter’s humorous and poignant portrait of her adoptive parents. Ann documents a trip home to celebrate her mother’s 80th birthday. It is her first visit since the death of her father and words come easier in his absence. Hazel is outspoken about her anti-women’s... more
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