Activist Video Archive

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

Preserving progressive, multicultural voices of Los Angeles area activists and philanthropists.

The Willmar 8

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The story of eight women in America's heartland--Willmar, Minnesota--who were driven by sex discrimination at work to find themselves unexpectedly at the forefront of the struggle for women's rights. Risking jobs, friends, family and the opposition of church and community, they began the longest bank strike in American history in a dramatic attempt to assert their own equality and self-worth.

The Real Life Nine to Fivecuts straight to the heart of women’s rights.”
- Los Angeles Times

“One of the most moving and stirring films I’ve ever seen. It’s a story of courage and awakening conscience that will change anyone who sees it.”
- Alan Alda

“The true drama of America…a revealing portrait of an American small town and how the lives of eight women changed as they withstood community disapproval and gained a new sense of themselves.”
- Judy Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle

“Forthright…Moving…Inspiring…Explores contemporary folk heroism with an active admiring energy.”
- Janet Maslin, New York Times



“Everything that is tearing us down today will become a memory, and this memory will be shared as an anecdote or a story or a poem or a play or a warning. It will be shared with another human being, who will then understand that he is not alone in his sadness. This is why we show up for others and tell our tales and listen to others. The great congregation meets daily, and you are someone’s angel today.”

-Tennessee Williams/Interview with James Grissom

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