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Top Flicks: Alexandria Film Festival 2020 Women’s Showcase, Nov. 12

9 to 5: The Story of a Movement is an 89-minute documentary following the campaign against the abuse of female workers by their male bosses, which starts in early 1970s Cleveland, that leads to a popular fiction film with Fonda, Parton and Tomlin. (Photo: IMDB)

Alexandria, VA This year’s opening night of the Alexandria Film Festival 2020 features a series of powerful films celebrating women, and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

The main event is “9 to 5: The Story of a Movement,” by Oscar award-winning filmmakers’ Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. The film tells the story of a determined group of female office workers who organized to change labor conditions in the 1970’s. The fictional comedy “9 to 5” starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin was based on this true story.

Also Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. another of the four films highlighting women: “Lily Meade Valentine: Virginia Suffragist”– a short by 15-year old Julia Hocker.

The November 12 Showcase will also host a sneak preview of “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” – a story by filmmaker Tim McLoraine and inspired by a Charles Ives’ composition regarding a 1908 honeymoon in Western Massachusetts.

A fourth film, “Roe vs Wade” by filmmaker Ann Hartley, explores the origins of the landmark decision.

Question and answer sessions with filmmakers follow each movie.

Tickets for the Alexandria Film Festival can be purchased through   This all digital event has a unique way to watch each film so visit the website for more information.

The Alexandria Film Festival, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, brings high quality short and feature-length films, documentaries, and filmmaker panels and arts presentations to the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia, via a four-day annual festival.

Alexandria Celebrates Women recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of Alexandria, Virginia’s women of the past, present and future. The volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization acknowledges the distinguished history of Alexandria’s heroines while celebrating the empowerment of Alexandria’s modern woman.

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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