Presented by Vet2Vet and MHA in Orange County
Scheduled for June 29
Directed by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers | In English
81 min | Documentary | 2008
Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat in violation of official policy. Without sufficient training but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war. Lioness makes public, for the first time, this hidden history. Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archival footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows five…women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, this probing documentary reveals the unexpected consequences that began by using these Army women to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in their fighting alongside Marine combat units in the streets of Ramadi. Together the women’s candid narratives describing their experiences in Iraq and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.
Admission will be free; seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.
A panel discussion will follow the film.