A group of business-owning women in Pekin has come together to present two private screenings of “The Illusionists.” The internationally acclaimed film exposes the absurd and shocking images that drive a market based on insecurity. The multi-billion-dollar beauty industry affects men, women and children who strive to make themselves look like the airbrushed, Photoshop versions of models found in advertising campaigns.
Screenings will be held June 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Mansion on Walnut at 420 Walnut Street in Pekin. There is no cost, and the public is encouraged to attend.
“We are very excited to offer this free event to the community because we believe that the current false, distorted view of beauty causes great unhappiness for many," said Bonnie Harken, owner of The Mansion on Walnut. "It is only through educated eyes and minds that we can again begin to appreciate true beauty in ourselves and others. Watching this powerful documentary as a group and discussing it together afterwards definitely impacts how you define beauty."
The group bringing this important film to Pekin includes Kellie Branch-Dircks LCSW, EZ Dreamin’ Therapeutic Equine Assisted Counseling Services; Kim Brooks-Miller, owner of YourStoryConfidential.com; Karen Watson, LCSW; and Bonnie Harken, Crossroads Programs for Women and owner of The Mansion on Walnut. All of the women provide mental health services and are committed to bringing more opportunities to Pekin.