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Oct 06, 2010 - Oct 06, 2010

Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II

Director: LeAnn Erickson

Minnesota Film Arts Proudly Presents:

Top Seret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II
with Director LeAnn Erickson

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 7:15PM

Ms. Erickson will present and discuss her recent documentary film:


With the second installment in the monthly Documenting America series, Minnesota Film Arts welcomes Ms. Erickson to St. Anthony Main Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1942 a secret US military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie to the factory, this search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the US Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked six days a week, around-the-clock creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied success. Rosie made the weapons, but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army’s calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers.

Top Secret Rosies incorporates the stories of four very different women who worked as human computers at the University of Pennsylvania from 1942-1946, but does more than simply document the factual lives of a literally ‘dying breed’- the participants of the WWII era. Using the 16x9 HD screen as a canvas, the project attempts to capture the opportunities and exhilaration of the times but also the moral dilemma inherent in their work as these human ‘computers’ labored night and day to create the mathematical computations that made every Allied bomb and bullet more deadly.

The summer of 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII, yet the amazing account of these women remains untold, until now. Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII shares a story of the women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age.

USA · 2010 · 56 MIN

TOP SECRET ROSIES playing at St. Anthony Main Theatre Screen #3 - Wed. Oct 6 @ 7:15


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