STREAMS NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 5
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In the early 20th century, the effects of radioactivity were not known. But the magic of it captivated and allured. Popular “radioactive” goods included toothpaste, chocolate, face cream, water (yes) and even glow-in-the-dark wristwatches. Not deadly to the wearer, necessarily – but to the worker? That was another story.
Based on true events, teenage sisters Bessie and Jo paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory in 1920s New Jersey. When girls at the factory mysteriously begin to fall ill, Bessie uncovers a corporate scandal and fights back in a radical coming-of-age story. The notorious case ultimately led to a lasting impact in workplace health and safety as well as the study of radioactivity. Radium Girls stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Joey King (The Act, The Kissing Booth) and Abby Quinn (I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Landline) as Jo and Bessie Cavallo.
Directors Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler are joined by Executive Directors Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner to champion this epic story of female empowerment, equality, and the environment — themes that are prevalent in the Radium Girls’ story.
“WITH THE WORDS “TEEN” AND “ACTIVIST” BECOMING INCREASINGLY SYNONYMOUS, THIS HISTORICAL DRAMA IS INCREDIBLY RELEVANT AND FEELS MADE TO APPEAL TO AND ENCOURAGE TODAY’S PASSIONATE YOUTH.” TARA MACNAMARA – COMMON SENSE MEDIA
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