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TFMS Film Series – Connie Field's 'The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter'

November 11
8:15 PM
10:00 PM
Cole Cinema, Campus Center

The Seventh Annual TFMS Film Series:
Toil & Trouble: The Reel History of Working Women
Concluding screening
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public

Where do we find the history of women's work? Canadian documentary filmmakers Caroline Martel ("The Phantom of the Operator," September 9) and Maya Gallus ("Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service," October 7) as well as Academy Award-nominated U.S. documentary filmmaker Connie Field ("The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter," November 11) will present work that addresses the elusiveness of that history by making women's labor visible and documenting their behind-the-scenes struggle on behalf of the workforce and workers' rights.

Please visit the TFMS web site for detailed information on each participating filmmaker (

Connie Field
"The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter"
Monday, November 11
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Connie Field is a pioneering social documentary filmmaker. Many of her films focus on hidden histories, stories that have not been told before which should be an important part of our collective memories. They include: the forthcoming Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, a documentary that explores cross cultural arts collaboration between African Americans and Palestinians; the Emmy award-winning Have You Heard from Johannesburg (2010), a seven part series chronicling the global movement against South Africa's apartheid regime; ˇSalud! (2007), a documentary on Cuba's role in the struggle for global health equity; and the Academy Award-nominated Freedom on My Mind (1994), which tells the history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Field's work has been broadcast in over 30 countries, including Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Britain, Australia, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, and the U.S. She is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Grierson Award as most outstanding social documentarian, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Domestic. Shop girl. Waitress. Cook. Those were the jobs for women in the 1930s-when they could get work. Suddenly the United States' entry into World War II created an unprecedented demand for new workers.  Notions of what was proper work for women changed overnight. Thousands of posters and billboards appeared calling on women to "Do the Job He Left Behind." Rosie the Riveter was born-the symbol of working women during World War II. In the critically acclaimed, award-winning The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1981), Field tells the story of Rosie the Riveter through the women themselves-five former "Rosies" who recall their histories working in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco during the war. Their testimony is interwoven with rare archival recruitment films, stills, posters, ads, and music from the period which contrast their experiences with the popular legend and mythology of Rosie the Riveter. The film is listed in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress and was originally broadcast on The American Experience.

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The Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Seventh Annual TFMS Film Series: Lecture and Fine Arts of St. Mary's College of Maryland, the departments of political science and history, and the CDSA in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

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Cole Cinema, Campus Center
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686