Award-Winning Documentary America the Beautiful Coming to Fargo Theatre

"America the Beautiful," a documentary about America's obsession with physical perfection and its negative impact on society, will be showing at the Fargo Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 6 p.m. Filmmaker Darryl Roberts, who wrote, produced and narrated the film, will participate in a 45-minute question-and-answer session following each showing. The event is free for the public and the film carries an R rating due to language, so parents will want to accompany their young adults.

"America the Beautiful," a documentary about America's obsession with physical perfection and its negative impact on society, will be showing at the Fargo Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 6 p.m. Filmmaker Darryl Roberts, who wrote, produced and narrated the film, will participate in a 45-minute question-and-answer session following each showing. The event is free for the public and the film carries an R rating due to language, so parents will want to accompany their young adults.

"America the Beautiful" has been called one of the most important films of this decade. It examines the increasingly unattainable "ideal" images promoted by models and media messages, including the cultural obsession with celebrities, and their impact on the rise in low self-esteem, body dysmorphia and eating disorders for young women and girls. At the heart of "America the Beautiful" is the story of Gerren Taylor, a teenager who went from being an innocent 12-year-old girl to being one of America's top supermodels. Her tumultuous quest acts as a mirror to the American psyche, and it becomes apparent how the same beauty that could jump-start her career could ultimately destroy her young life. The film also explores the physical perfection pressures felt by the male gender and why in 2004 alone Americans spent $12.4 billion on cosmetic surgery.

Roberts dives deep into America's culture of fear, consumption and idolatry for all things external; he seeks answers from celebrities, media, academia, and experts in fashion, cosmetics and self-esteem, as well as everyday Americans. The result is a film that is both eye-opening and alarming.

The Eating Disorders Institute is sponsoring this showing of "America the Beautiful" in an effort to increase awareness about eating disorders and their connection to societal standards. The Eating Disorders Institute is a unique partnership between MeritCare, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science and the Neuropyschiatric Research Institute.

For More Information:

- "America the Beautiful" was shown last year in 25 cities across the U.S. and was covered by national media, including:

  • CNN News: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2008/08/15/wynter.america.beautiful.cnn?iref=videosearch

  • Today Show: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25966129#25966129


- To learn more about "America the Beautiful," visit www.americathebeautifuldoc.com.

- To learn more about the Eating Disorders Institute, visit www.edi.meritcare.com.