Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Anne Pellowski Film Premiers!

Ginny Moore Kruse just got information today about a brand new film about Anne Pellowski (one of our Wisconsin Notable Authors) having its debut this very weekend. If you are near Winona, this is a great chance to hear about a great storyteller and humanitarian!

The Frozen River Film Festival will premier Mary Farrell's film "Anne Pellowski: Storyteller to the World" on Sunday, February 11 @ 3:30pm in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota.  The film lasts almost 30 minutes, and it's second of three films on the program.  The public is welcome. 

Anne Pellowski was raised by a farm family of Polish heritage in Trempealeau County, WI and was a voracious reader of books about other countries and believed she would someday travel to all those countries. She discovered her life’s vocation through her studies in languages and library science which led her to New York City where she pursued her career, first as the children’s librarian at the NYC Public Library, and later as founding director of the Information Center on Children's Cultures for the United States committee at UNICEF. Through her work at UNICEF and other international agencies, she traveled to over 120 countries, assuring children had access to books in their native language by conducting workshops on cloth bookmaking and storytelling.  She has also authored 20 books including the Polish American girl series. Since her retirement, she has lived in Winona, Minnesota and travels several times a year to places around the world leading workshops. Filmmaker Mary Farrell traveled with Pellowski to Kenya in 2014 and filmed her workshop and decided to share Pellowski’s story of courage and determination as an ambassador for cultural and international understanding.

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