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Closed Captions Icon Open Cations Icon  Showing with closed or open captions. The intro and Q&A on May 1 will include ASL interpretation.

In the United States in the 1940s, most professional industries did not hire women, and the news media were no different—until World War II, when they began to employ female war correspondents. These first female writers and photographers who reported from European battlefields became some of the most influential US war journalists in history. Eschewing rhetorical patriotism for authentic and often haunting reporting, they covered the wounded and the terrors of concentration camps alongside the victories. Martha Gellhorn, a notable writer on the Great Depression and one-time wife of Ernest Hemingway, landed at Normandy on D-Day; Margaret Bourke-White was the first and only foreign photographer in Moscow when the Germans invaded; and Vogue photographer Lee Miller covered the London Blitz and the liberation of Paris, and was herself immortalized in Hitler’s bathtub the day of his suicide. Using only their original images, readings from their letters home, and never-before-seen footage, this vivid time capsule brings the female trailblazing of a nascent œuvre to exciting life. Myrocia Watamaniuk.

Streaming online May 5-9. Streaming is only available in Canada.


  • Director(s)

    • Luzia Schmid
  • Producer(s)

    • Ulli Pfau
    • Katarina Cvitic
    • Roberto Dall'Angelo
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Tina Schröder
    • Nick Pastucha
  • Archive Research

    • Judy Meschel
    • Nick Pastucha
  • Writer(s)

    • Luzia Schmid
    • Katarina Cvitic
  • Editor(s)

    • Yana Höhnerbach
    • Patrick Hanemann
  • Composer

    • Johannes Malfatti
    • Olivier Alary
  • Sound

    • Holger Buff
    • Jascha Viehl
  • Animation

    • Henning Himmelreich

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