Film preview: Ann Fessler and A Girl Like Her

From the November 22, 2012 edition

This somber movie is a powerful one. It looks at the history of American women who became pregnant in the 1950s and were banished to maternity homes and forced to give up their children for adoption. The film includes interviews with the women in current day and old clips from education films and newsreels that encouraged stereotypical and mythical notions of sex, pregnancy and adoption.

The showing is part of the Wex’s visiting filmmakers series; Fessler will introduce the movie and sign copies of her book on the same subject called “The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade.”

The evening will start with a screening of Fessler’s 25-minute movie “Cliff & Hazel,” a film supported by the Wexner Center’s Film/ Video Studio Program that paints a humorous picture of Fessler’s adoptive parents.