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New Rochelle Library Presents Extraordinary Women Film Series

For 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit protected its reservation from fire and also responded to wildfires around the nation.
For 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit protected its reservation from fire and also responded to wildfires around the nation. Photo Credit: New Rochelle Library

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Film buffs will want to attend the Extraordinary Women in Film Series when they premiere "Apache 8," on Tuesday, March 22, at the New Rochelle Library.

For 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit protected its reservation from fire and also responded to wildfires around the nation. This group of firefighters, facing gender stereotypes and the problems that come with life on the impoverished reservation, became known as some of the country's most elite firefighters.

From director Sande Zeig and executive producer Heather Rae (Cherokee), Apache 8 combines archival footage and present-day interviews and focuses primarily on four women from different generations of Apache 8 crewmembers, who speak tenderly and often humorously of hardship, loss, family, community and pride in being a firefighter.

The film begins at 7 p.m. The library is at 1 Library Plaza. Admission is free. The event is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library in partnership with the Zonta Club of New Rochelle.

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