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Area libraries to host screenings of movie on women veterans
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MONROE - The Monroe and Argyle public libraries will show screenings of the award-winning film, "Terra Firma: A Film about Women, War and Healing," at 6 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The film tells the stories of three women veterans returning home and healing the wounds of war through farming.

Organized by the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter, the Rural Women's Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service partnered with the Monroe and Argyle public libraries to present the hour-long film.

The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion and refreshments. No reservations are needed and older children are welcome to attend.

MOSES hopes to inspire and empower others to better understand the trauma of war and the healing that can be achieved through connecting with the soil. The organization provides resources and training for women interested in launching organic farms and food businesses.

Since 2001, over 280,000 women have been sent to the Middle East to serve in the War on Terror. Often traumatized by their experiences, many return home with PTSD, unable to cope with the rigors of daily life. "Terra Firma" weaves the stories of three women veterans who were among the first to deploy, serving in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. After years of struggle, each has found, through farming, ways to heal the hidden wounds of war. The film follows these women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time spent in the military, on the impact of the war on their lives and on their newfound peace of mind. They find that farming gives them purpose and a new way to serve their country by growing food for their communities.

The film has earned praise and recognition since its release in 2014, including being named the Best of the Fest at the Colorado Film Festival and receiving the Jury Award at the Rome International Film Festival. For more information, visit or contact Lisa Kivirist, Rural Women's Project coordinator at or 608-329-7056.