With Mother’s Day fast approaching this Sunday, May 13, I am reminded of the profound influence our mothers have had on each one of us, of the unique ways in which we are shaped and perceive the world thanks to mom. This sacred role is especially influential and precious to a young girl. Daughters imitate and identify with their mothers in significant and lasting ways.
Mothers are powerful role models for their daughters, and the mother–daughter relationship impacts all future relationships. A mother’s tone, behavior, and outlook program her daughter with attitudes that guide her for the rest of her life. But not all mothers are equipped to raise healthy daughters. Patricia Riggen’s upcoming indie drama Girls in Progress is a realistic depiction of struggles that many mothers and daughters suffer while trying to find their place in the world.
Passionate about sharing this coming-of-age drama with young girls, the director invited our teens to an advanced screening of the film followed by a Q&A session with her at the Angelica on April 26! The girls really enjoyed the story of Ansiedad, a 13-year-old girl trying to deal with life with her neglectful mother, Grace. Grace, played by Eva Mendes, is a struggling single mother who is dealing with financial issues and bad relationships while trying to raise her daughter. The movie, which debuts on May 11, is a vivid portrayal of difficulties that many mothers and daughters face.
But as the movie suggests, as complex as mother–daughter relationships are, working problems out is not out of reach. I invite mothers and daughters to use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to start a journey toward a more fulfilling, positive relationship.
Many thanks to our program staff who teach and work with the girls we serve each week, and for their mentorship and sincere care to inspire our girls to be all that they can be!
Until next week, my best,