2019 Women’s Film Festival Screenings
March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adult ticket $10, student ticket $8
Purchase tickets for The Hello Girls at 6pm
Purchase tickets for Who Runs the World at 8pm
The Women’s Film Festival and the National Liberty Museum will present two programs of inspiring and important films. The evening begins with a reception featuring wine and light refreshments from 5-5:45 pm. The films follow at 6pm and 8pm.
6pm – The Hello Girls: The 100 Year Old Story of America’s First Female Soldiers
In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. They wore Army uniforms and swore Army oaths. They were intrepid, united in a common cause. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save France. By war’s end, these women, known affectionately as the Hello Girls, had connected over 26 million calls. They served during the occupation of Germany and the Paris Peace Conference. The last of the Hello Girls returned home in 1920, only to be told they were never soldiers after all. For 60 years, they fought the US government for recognition. In 1977, they won. Only 33 were still alive.
Told through 100-year old letters, photos, rare archival footage, the only known audio of a real Hello Girl, and interviews with family and historians, the “Hello Girls” brings to life a story that was stuck in the nooks and crannies of American history. Running time: 56 minutes
8pm – Who Runs the World: a program of 4 short films about powerful women
1) A Land Shaped by Women
The two Snowboard World Champions, Anne-Flore Marxer (Swiss/French) and Aline Bock (German), journey across Iceland, where the two women explore the country in a van. On the road they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand the mindset of living in a country with a rich history in gender equality. Running time: 25 minutes.
2) The Big Five Dive
This short adventure documentary follows a group of women as they attempt to scuba dive one historic site in all five Great Lakes within the span of 24 hours. Directed by Elizabeth Kaiser, and filmed by a mostly female crew, these women show that there is a place for everyone under the water. Running time: 22.5 minutes.
3) Like Dolls, I’ll Rise
200 one-of-a-kind Black dolls, a work of powerful original poetry, and never-before seen archival materials combine to tell a story of love, survival, and identity. Running time: 28 minutes.
MACDELLA is the story of a former teenage refugee who returned to her home country of Liberia to make a difference and run for President. Being a single mother of three small children and facing 19 male opponents, MacDella Cooper stood her own, fighting for what she believed in, despite multiple obstacles. MacDella’s story shows brave perseverance and demonstrates how a progressive woman with no legislative experience can enter the political arena and make an impact. Running time: 9 minutes