Women in War: Brooke County Library presents film series

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library and West Liberty University’s Community University are offering a series of films on the topic of “Present Women’s Perceptions of World War II in the Pacific.”

Films will be shown in the library’s River Room at noon on selected Fridays, beginning next week and continuing through Dec. 7.

There will be no charge for the programs. Time will be allotted after each program for questions and discussion.

Leader Art Barbeau said civilians of countries with which a nation is at war are identified as “alien enemies.” While many male enemy aliens were interned during World War II, this series will focus on Western women in the South and Southwest Pacific in such camps. Their lives there will be chronicled through a series of films.

The schedule of movies is as follows:

Sept. 7 — “The Story of One American POW,” a talk about a single prisoner of war, with a direct connection with West Virginia, and incarceration after a scandalous trial.

Sept. 14 — “Cry Havoc,” a mixed group of volunteers with some experience with first aid join Army nurses during operations in Bataan.

Sept. 28 — “Paradise Road,” women of several nationalities are interned in Sumatra.

Oct. 12 — “So Proudly We Hail,” American nurses in Bataan and Corregidor.

Oct. 26 — “Three Came Home,” women internees in Borneo.

Nov. 9 — “A Town Like Alice,” women interned in Malaya.

Nov. 30 — “The First Yank into Tokyo,” a camp in Japan with POWs from the Philippines.

Dec. 7 — “Joyeux Noel,” a war film of a different time and place.

Since 2012, Barbeau, a retired teacher at West Liberty, has led two series of films each year at West Liberty’s Highland Center under the heading of “Movies With Art.”

For more information, call Barbeau, 304-243-0566, or Alex Eberle at the library, 304-737-1551.

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