Radium Girls

Director: Ginny Mohler, Lydia Dean Pilcher Run Time: 102 min. Rating: Not Rated

Based on true events, Radium Girls follows teen sisters, Bessie and Jo Cavallo, who dream of Hollywood and Egyptian pyramids as they paint luminous watch dials at the American Radium factory in New Jersey. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery slowly unravels.  She discovers a corporate cover-up and, in a radical coming of age story, Bessie and the Radium Girls decide to take on American Radium. Based on historical events, the national sensation following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928 ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety and the study of radioactivity.

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Radium Girls is the next selection for Lit/Flix, a Book & Film Club presented by Bookmarks & a/perture cinema. Join us on Thursday, 11/12 at 6:30 pm for a virtual discussion of this film and Kate Moore’s 2016 biography, Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women. (Note the film is not an adaptation of the book.) 

To register for the virtual book club discussion, please email info@bookmarksnc.org.


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“Radium Girls is a celebration of everyday women finding their strength in the unlikeliest of circumstances.”  — Mara Webster, Tribeca Film Festival

Radium Girls is consistently compelling, and often quite inventive.” — Leslie Combemale, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

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