Moving Image Fund Grants Directory

LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support independent film and video artists creating new work.Through MIF, LEF provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film's completion.

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A Girl Like Her

Ann Fessler
Ann Fessler
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2001
$12,000 - 2002
Type of Film
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Film Synopsis

A film that reveals the hidden history of young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and surrendered their children at birth. Over a million young women were banished to maternity homes to give birth, and told to keep their secret and move on. The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels of the time period, with the voices of these mothers as they speak today, in hindsight, about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.

About the Director(s)

Ann Fessler began making short films and videos in the early 1970s. Her work has focused on the stories of women and the impact that myths, stereotypes, and mass media images have on their lives and intimate relationships. In recent years, she has produced three films, several installations, and a non-fiction book on adoption. Between 2002-05, Fessler conducted over 100 interviews with women who lost children to adoption during the 28 years that followed WWII, a time of unprecedented surrenders. Her films on adoption have won top honors at festivals and have screened internationally. Her book, The Girls Who Went Away was chosen among the top 5 non-fiction books of 2006 by the National Book Critics Circle, and was awarded the Ballard Book Prize.


Official Selection: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Premiere); AFI-Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival; Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival; Montreal World Film Festival; DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel; Milwaukee Film Festival; Mill Valley FilmFestival, California; New Orleans FilmFestival; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival; Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival; San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest); IDFA (European Premiere); Watch Docs, Human Rights Film Festival, Poland; AFI-Silverdocs Documentary FilmFestival; Flickers-Rhode Island International Film Festival - Grand Prize, “Providence Film Festival Award" 

Screenings: Ohio State University; Cleveland State University / co-sponsored by Adoption Network; North Carolina School of Medicine; Adoption Experience Conference; The Century Association, New York / sponsored by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute; DocNight, Sie Film Center/The Denver Film Society

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