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Cantilena sponsored a free showing of the film "How Long Must We Wait?" on Saturday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the lower level of Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave. "Voters and voters-to-be aged 12 and up are invited," a news release said.

"How Long Must We Wait," a film by Jaclyn O'Loughlin, is a historical documentary about the 72-year battle that women fought to achieve the right to vote in the United States.

The film focuses on the events in 1917 that led to the imprisonment and brutal treatment of suffragists in a prison in Lorton, Va. This was considered a turning point in the suffrage campaign, which helped turn the tide of public opinion and ultimately led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. While that was a huge victory, the film also focuses on the fact that there is still much work left to be done in the fight for women's equal rights, the release said.

"How Long Must We Wait" was previously shown at the Arlington International Film Festival, in November.

Cantilena, a women’s chorus based in Arlington, presented it as a prelude to its planned May 7 concert, "Fired UP!"

To learn more about the sponsoring group, which gives concerts often featuring socially conscious music, go to

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This news announcement was published Wednesday, April 19, 2023, based on information from Cantilena. It was prepared for publication by YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase.