The "Willmar Weddings: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" film project worked with teen girls and long married women in Willmar to explore relationships and coming of age through the topic of weddings.
See what people had to say about this project!
"I really liked connecting with the women and having conversations about marriages and relationships, then and now. We certainly had a lot to tell each other about! We could have talked for hours."
"I enjoyed talking to a variety of people who I never would have talked to otherwise and hearing their different perspectives."
"The most important thing I learned was how times have changed. Also, this process helped me learn more about leading a team."
"Wonderful! This film brought tears to my eyes. The teens did a super job, as did the older women. Thank you - great job."
"It was fantastic, it was enlightening. I did not realize how younger people are growing up with different expectations about marriage."
"Excellent. Makes me proud of our community. Wonderful to see the different generations and ethnicities."
Enjoy our “Willmar Weddings” Documentary Film!
This documentary was created by and for women and girls in the diverse community of Willmar, MN. The film features interviews with women who’ve enjoyed 50+ year marriages and teen girls reflecting on their expectations of marriage in today’s world. Teens also conducted original research and found historic footage to compliment the themes of the documentary. The piece is unique to its subjects’ experiences and varied traditions, but universal in its sentiments.
Youth Participants: Ana, Asha, Ashley, Cassie, Khadija, Leah, Maddie, Molly, Serena
Adult Participants: Rose Nelson, Winnie Palm, Phyllis Williams
For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at email@example.com or 651-259-3417.
Background on Willmar
Minnesota Immigrant Resources
Date: April 2010 - September 2010
Partner(s): Chris Beyerl, Willmar Public Library; Leanne Freeman, Willmar Community Center; Deb Kleven, Willmar Child Guide Program; Jeanette Oehlers, Willmar Senior High School Success Coordinator; Barbara Wiener, TVbyGirls; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Willmar, MN