Essays from the Heart: Dancing with Beauty (2021) (trailer)


A feature film capturing one woman's journey exploring what it means to be a truly beautiful woman in today's world.

As she approaches the age of forty, the filmmaker contemplates what women have been taught about being beautiful, and sets out to redefine this for herSelf. Through dialogue and discovery she takes us on a journey, across time and space, as she explores and integrates a deeper understanding and new way of being. 

Featuring: Anjula Ram, Jean Kilbourne, Vandana Shiva, Anne Whitehouse, Seane Corn, Heather Brunskell-Evans, Katharine Nitta, Carolyn Vetter, Enolia Foti, and other women encountered on the journey of this particular exploration.

The filmmaker is currently in production with Essays from the Heart: Dancing with Beaty.  The project has been a natural evolution from her first film, ESSAYS FROM THE HEART: EMERGENCE FROM WITHIN (2018), which is now available for free streaming.
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