Movie Night Films Highlight Women’s Struggles

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A scene from the student film “Mother.”
A scene from the student film “Mother.”

The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach will host its second annual Movie Night with two short films, “Mother” and “Learning to Love Me” on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The

documentaries were directed by Chapman’s Dodge College film students and explore issues regarding motherhood, self-esteem, and body image.

“The films show remarkable journeys made by women trying, against various odds, to successfully change their lives,” said Woman’s Club President Kitty Malcolm. “Both of these films will leave you feeling touched, hopeful and happy for the choices they have made.”

Christine Fugate, the Film Committee Chair and a professor of film at Chapman University’s Dodge College, helped bring these two films to Laguna Beach.

“I think nowadays, it’s extremely important to support female filmmakers and the stories they want to tell.”

The directors and producers of the films will be present for a Q&A after the screening. A raffle with fun prizes such as an aromatherapy session and handmade jewelry, will be held to benefit Casa Teresa, a subject of one of the films, a non-profit organization that provides pregnant women with a home and aid during their recovery.

The Woman’s Club is located at 286 St. Ann’s Drive in Laguna Beach. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

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