Wahl documentary premieres Wednesday

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The life of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the state’s high court, is the subject of the documentary film, “Girl From Birch Creek,” which premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marcus Theaters in Oakdale.

The “Girl from Birch Creek,” a documentary about Justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court who overcomes hardships in her own life to fight for civil rights, women’s rights and equal access to justice, premieres Wednesday at Marcus Theaters in Oakdale.

There is a 6 p.m. reception at the theater with appetizers and a wine bar and the film follows at 7. There is a brief introduction by the filmmakers and Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society. A question-and-answer period follows the movie.

Lightshed Productions made the film because they want to tell stories about individuals with vision and perseverance who work to bring about positive change in our society.  This is even more important now in these contentious times.

During this last year, there were two developments that allowed Lightshed Productions to complete this film to the highest production values.  In January, we received a substantial award of Legacy funds through the Minnesota Historical Society and the WCHS to cover the film’s post-production costs. In August, NPR’s Nina Totenberg agreed to do the narration for the film and her voice talent animates and brings added credibility to the narrative.

Marcus Theaters is located at 5677 Hadley Ave. North in Oakdale. Call the Historical Society at 651-439-5956 or email at [email protected] for more information.