Directed by James Theres (USA, 2019, 72 min.) Digital.
In February 1945, the US Army sent 855 Black women from the Women’s Army Corps “WACs” to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-Black female battalion to serve in Europe. Confronted with racism and sexism from their leadership and troops, they helped with honor and distinction, completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the Six Triple Eight had cleared more than 17 million pieces of backlogged mail, ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. The last of the women returned home in March 1946. They were never fully recognized until now. —Malcholm Reese
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Preceded by a Short Film
Directed by Shema Deve (Rwanda, 2020, 26 min.) Digital.
When a strong, determined woman finds treasure on Lake Kivu, she begins a quest to form the first Rwandan fisherwomen group ever. Her liberated women made history in the Rwandan society by turning the patriarchal fishing community upside down.
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