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Letters from Karelia
2005, director: Kelly Saxberg
Taimi Pitkanen last saw her brother Aate (AH-tay) in a...
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The Enemy Within
2003, director: Eva Colmers
During World War II, a war-ravaged Britain realized it could...
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Open Secrets
2003, director: José Torrealba
This provocative documentary uncovers a lost chapter in...
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Through My Thick Glasses
2003, director: Pjotr Sapegin
An old man tells his granddaughter his personal story of the...
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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class...
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Unwanted Soldiers
1999, director: Jari Osborne
For filmmaker Jari Osborne, November 11 was as unremarkable...
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Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure
1997, director: Garth Pritchard
During the final days of the Second World War, an RCAF crew...
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Seven Brides for Uncle Sam
1997, director: Anita McGee
Seven Brides for Uncle Sam documents the stories of...
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Rosies of the North
Film  (46:40) 1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
Description
They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class fighter planes. Sixty years ago, thousands of women from Thunder Bay and the Prairies donned trousers, packed lunch pails and took up rivet guns to participate in the greatest industrial war effort in Canadian history. Like many other factories across the country from 1939 to 1945, the shop floor at Fort William's Canadian Car and Foundry was transformed from an all-male workforce to one with forty percent female workers.

Rosies of the North traces the story of a group of women whose lives were changed by their experiences. They describe with wit and humour their role in the production of the Hurricane and Helldiver fighter planes.

The film also tells the remarkable story of Elsie MacGill, Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry, the first woman in Canada to graduate with an engineering degree and the first woman in the world to design an airplane.

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