A few weeks back we profiled Dickey Chapelle in our A Photographer You Should Know Series.
We were contacted by filmmaker Michle Midori Fillion about her film entitled “No Job For A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII.” The film makes its PBS debut on March 13, 2014 and you can click here to check when it airs on your local station.
About the Film
Before World War II, war reporting was considered No Job For a Woman. But when the United States entered the war, American women reporters did not want to miss covering the biggest story of the century so they fought for and won access. But there was a catch: women reporters would be banned from the front lines, prevented from covering Front Page stories about generals and battlefield maneuvers and assigned womans angle stories about nurses and female military personnel. Several women reporters refused to abide by these journalistic conventions and military restrictions and, instead, brought home a new kind of war story: one that was more intimate yet more revealing. They reached beyond the battlefield and deep into human lives to tell a new story of war.
No Job For a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII is a 64-minute historical documentary that focuses on the lives and work of wire service reporter Ruth Cowan, magazine reporter Martha Gellhorn, and war photographer Dickey Chapelle.
The film is narrated by Julianna Margulies, Emmy Award Winner and star of CBS The Good Wife.
To bring the story to life, director Michele Midori Fillion combines rarely seen archival footage and stills with actors reading the written words of the three main characters and with interviews of contemporary female war reporters.