DFT @ Home | Radium Girls
(USA/2018—directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler)
In 1925, teenage sisters Bessie (Joey King) and Josephine (Abby Quinn) are employed in the factory of New Jersey’s American Radium Company, where they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials with pride, regularly licking their paintbrushes to a fine point so as to meet the company’s high standards for detail. But when Bessie’s younger sister Jo becomes ill, the sisters soon uncover the unknown truth about radium.
With Jo’s life dwindling, as those of her former colleagues have, Bessie becomes determined to bring the horrors of radium poisoning to light; she becomes a powerful advocate as she risks everything to stand up to the corporation that provides her family's livelihood, but that also covers up its dangers.
Inspired by actual events, Radium Girls – set just five years after women won the right to vote – is both a reminder of the unfinished struggle for workers’ rights and a powerful tribute to women finding their strength in the most desperate of circumstances. Co-produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner; winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Closed captioning available. (102 minutes)
"A worthy entry in the category of workers’ rights movies, Radium Girls, like Silkwood, is based on actual events. Directors Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler reveal a little-known part of history with a loudly beating feminist heart and a narrative grounded in reality."
— Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, The New York Times
“Engrossing thanks to its powerful real-life tale and the excellent performances by leads King and Quinn, who make us fully care about their character’s fates." — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
The Detroit Film Theatre is generously supported by Buddy's Pizza and your tri-county millage investment in the DIA.