Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher
In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill hastily ordered his new spy agency, Special Operations Executive (SOE) to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE's "Spy Mistress," Vera Atkins, recruited two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall, an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and, a Muslim pacifist. Together these women helped to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Vera Atkins, a Jew, encountered anti-Semitism in trying to establish herself. She was held back from rising in the diplomatic ranks until this program catapulted her into an extraordinary place in history. Inspired by true stories, this is the revolutionary tale of courageous women prevailing in a battle where the stakes were never higher, and whose telling was long overdue.
WINNER: 2020 ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE "STAND UP" AWARD
Jury Voted Unanimously
"It is new that the heroes featured are women, and it is certainly worth discussing why it has taken so long for their stories to be celebrated in this way. What made these women truly remarkable was the strength of their common conviction despite their varied identities. ADL is proud to stand up with these filmmakers in highlighting real life heroism of standing up to fear-based aggression towards others solely on account of who they are."
2/25 • Zoom Talkback w/ Stars & Writer After Credits
All 8 Films $52
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