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Celebrate Women’s History Month with documentary

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In honor of March being Women’s History Month, the public is invited to attend a showing of the film Girl from Birch Creek: The Life and Legacy of Justice Rosalie Wahl on Thursday, March 20.

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It will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Room at Nelson Gables, 1220 Nokomis Street, Alexandria. There will be a discussion after the film. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Girl from Birch Creek is a feature-length documentary narrated by Nina Totenberg and written and directed by Emily Haddad.

The film tells the story of Justice Rosalie Wahl’s courage and vision as she fought for those who had no voice. She faced tragedy and hardship during the Depression and World War II and dedicated her life to helping others.

Wahl was the first woman appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. From her position, she fought for equal justice regardless of race, gender or economic status, opening the doors of opportunity for generations of women who will come after her.

The documentary also tells the story of the women’s movement that helped to make Wahl’s appointment possible. It shows how women all across the country came together to fight the battle for equality.

Wahl died July 22, 2013.

Girl from Birch Creek has been an official selection in the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California; the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Canada; the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival; and others.

The event is sponsored by the Alexandria area branch of the American Association of University Women, the Douglas County Historical Society and Community Education District 206.

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