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Apache 8

The International Women’s Film Festival continues next week (March 1) with a program of short films about women’s roles in various industries where they have not traditionally been found.

The centerpiece of the evening is Apache 8, an hour-long documentary about a group of women from the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona who for 30 years have fought forest fires in the southwest. Despite the dangers of the job and the fact that it keeps them away from home for weeks at a time, members say that it pays well, and good jobs are hard to come by on a reservation beset with unemployment, alcoholism and drug abuse.

Focusing on four members of the squad, the documentary examines both the rigors of the work and the backgrounds of these women, who speak both of the love of their culture and the difficulties they have had in life.

Also on the program are the short films “Long Haul” (Erin Hudson, 2007), about the experiences of three female truck drivers; “The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker” (Kelly Gallagher, 2011), an animated documentary about women in the movie business; and “Louise” (Anita Lebeau, 2002), an animated portrait of the filmmaker’s 96-year old grandmother.

Watch the trailer for Apache 8

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