Wednesday, September 30, 2015

El Cerrito: Special screening of 'Rosie the Riveter' documentary on Oct. 20

EL CERRITO -- You may have heard the Rosie the Riveter song, or visited sites in the national park dedicated to telling the story of the unprecedented mobilization of civilians for the home front defense effort during World War II. You may have even dressed as "Rosie" during the successful Guinness World Record attempt in Richmond in September.

Now you can see the film that tells the story of the women who came forward and boldly stepped into formerly all-male industrial roles during the war, forever breaking barriers in the process.

A special screening of the award-winning 1980 documentary "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter" will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10700 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito.

The screening -- hosted by the Rosie the Riveter Trust, the Berkeley FILM Foundation, the City of El Cerrito, Rialto Cinemas and the El Cerrito Historical Society -- will feature an appearance and Q-and-A session with filmmaker Connie Field.

"After whirlwind training, women found themselves doing 'men's work' and they did it so well that production levels rose despite the military call-up of millions of male workers," reads the publicity. "They discovered a new sense of pride and dignity in their work. Their earnings leapt upward. Many joined unions and found substantial new benefits from labor representation. And for the first time in history, black women gained entry into major industrial plants."

The event is expected to sell out and advance tickets are $10 for trust members and $15 for nonmembers, available with more details at

By Chris Treadway for the Contra Costa Times. Read the original article here

Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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