Healthy Girl Fest Features Sundance Film Documentary

Caroline Heldman, Occidental College’s associate professor of politics
Caroline Heldman, Occidental College’s associate professor of politics

“Miss Representation,” the film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, will be shown on Saturday, April 27 as part of Laguna Beach’s Healthy Girl Festival.

The film examining gender bias became the inspiration for what has now become the First Annual Healthy Girl Festival, said fest organizer Maggie Hempen, a member of Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach, who first viewed the documentary at a convention.

The 10:30 a.m. screening on the Festival of Arts grounds will be  followed by a Q&A with, Caroline Heldman, Occidental College’s associate professor of politics. Heldman appears in the film alongside Rosorio Dawson, Nancy Pelosi, Devanish Patel, Rachel Maddow, Carole Jenkins, Geena Davis, Kate Couric, Margaret Cho, Jane Fonda and others. It will be reshown at 1:30 p.m.

“Little boys and girl at age 7 when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up were equal in number wanting to be president of the United States. By age 15 interviewing the same girls and boys, you find a massive gap,” according to Heldman.

The documentary examines how women are misrepresented — hence the title – portrayed as valued for their looks and youth, rather than their intelligence and substantive accomplishments, said Mary Sausen,  SILB’s president.

In addition to the film, the grounds will serve as a 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. showcase for organizations and businesses whose products and services help girls make healthy choices.

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