Homestead National Monument of America to host film festival

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

Join us Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb 16, at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center Theater, as we play the 1992 major motion picture, A League of Their Own.

This fictionalized movie starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis is based on the real experiences of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The film details the players successes and struggles as they compete in America’s favorite (and traditionally all male) pastime in the midst of WWII.

In 2012, A League of Their Own was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".  They described the film’s inclusion in this notable list with the following, “Director Penny Marshall used the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943-1954) as a backdrop for this heartfelt comedy-drama. A League of Their Own, not only illuminates this fascinating, under-reported aspect of American sports history, but also effectively examines women’s changing roles during wartime. Rich with period detail and equally complex performances—especially Davis as a team ringer and Hanks as the down-on-his-luck coach—Marshall and her company delivered an enjoyably nostalgic film about women’s choices and solidarity during World War II that was both funny and feminist.”

This film demonstrates one of the ways that women continued to break established gender barriers after they secured the Constitutional right to vote.  The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was active from 1943-1954.  All 15 of the teams in the League were in states that participated in the Homestead Act.

A League of Their Own (Film) 128 minutes Feb 15 & 16

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