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Lioness (2008)

Female Soldiers , Meg McLagan , Daria Sommers  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Female Soldiers
  • Directors: Meg McLagan, Daria Sommers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N18HLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lioness" on IMDb

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U.S. policy forbids women from serving in military units whose primary objective is direct ground combat. So how did a group of female support soldiers end up fighting alongside Marines in some of the most violent counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War?

Powerful and provocative, LIONESS traces the stories of five female support soldiers who served in Iraq in various capacities mechanic, supply clerk, engineer and ultimately became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. The film follows the Lionesses rapid progression from diffusing tensions with local civilians to fierce street-level combat in Ramadi, and in doing so raises such issues as gender and warfare and the deep divide between policy and practice. Together, these women s experiences illuminate the emotional and psychological effects of war from a uniquely female perspective.

Narrating the Lioness stories through a wide array of mediums including first-hand accounts, archival footage, journal entries, and interviews with military commanders, LIONESS gives voice to a hidden history of female combat and, more broadly, explores how human beings are forever transformed by the trauma of war.

Special Features: The Changing Role of Women in the Military; Deleted Scenes; Trailer; Filmmaker Biographies

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see this July 12, 2011
This was a great documentary that shows women from different walks of life sacrificing for their country. Watching this documentary made me even more proud to be a female Veteran. These women did what they needed to do along with the men in the military. It shows that women are a valuable asset to the military, even in combat.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary - powerful truth October 2, 2009
Excellent documentary about women in combat. It highlights the dilemma of the law that says women are not supposed to be in combat (and therefore are not trained) vs. the fact that women ARE in combat and should be trained.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Patriots February 25, 2011
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Only reinforces the respect I have for female service members. As a veteran of the Iraqi War, I can empathize with these soldiers. I salute their professionalism and personal courage to step up and complete the mission when duty called. I pray that the sacrifices for their country do not lead to the detriment of their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Lioness November 12, 2011
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"Lioness" is a great film about a group of female soldiers that were a pivotal part of the early stages of the Iraq war. The film shares their feelings and experiences while they simultaneously juggle other facets of life. It features five of the women who were directly involved in the combat: Specialist Shannon Morgan,Specialist Rebecca Nava,Captain Anastasia Breslow,Staff Sergeant Ranie Ruthig, and Major Kate Gurromsen. Captain Lory Manning is also featured discussing her perspective on women involved in combat. This film is worth watching because it tells the unique perspective of how these brave women felt about their jobs while simultaneously grappling with the political debate regarding the pros and cons of placing females at the frontline. It is also very insightful when they courageously open their hearts on a couple of circumtances. For example, it pulled at my heartstrings when one of the women described an emotionally charged experience of an incident in Iraq. She was inside one of the vehicles when some of the local children were climbing on it. Another incident shows the females congregating together and watching a history channel documentary about the current conflict. They are justifiably concerned about the omission of female names. This was even with one of the officers mentioning how at least 25 females were available for the event being featured. I completely understand that many brave men fight in these wars. However, this documentary proves that more women also deserve similar recognition.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic March 23, 2010
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This was a great movie. strong women, depicting what it was like to be at war and dealing with the aftermath of it. Highly recommend to anyone whos interested in this war
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary October 28, 2011
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This DVD is really informative and gripping. If you want to get a glimpse of what our soldiers are dealing with, this is a must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars eye opening May 27, 2014
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informative, powerful and engaging. it opens up the question of female soldiers in combat - something they're already doing as "attachments" to all-male units in ground forces. an interesting perspective and question for our society to consider.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must see movie!!! April 21, 2014
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Learn more about this mission and the women involved. They need to be acknowledged for the work they did. and the military MUST take responsibility for repaying them the same way as their male counterparts. especially when they're injured or have P.T.S.D.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It is extremely boring.
This documentary moves ridiculously slow. It is extremely boring.
Published 13 days ago by private
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful video. We didn't know about these ladies.
Published 2 months ago by Joleblon
5.0 out of 5 stars Heed. Must watch!
Heed. Must watch.
Published 3 months ago by HOPE THIS HELPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, must see!
Excellent movie. Everyone should watch this, it really depicts the reality of life in the military for women. Very moving.
Published 7 months ago by Erin M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lioness - Good Book about today's female soldiers
Great read. Men aren't the only ones getting the job done, getting shot, and getting killed for our country. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Francis G. Chamness
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes we are still stuck in the stone ages.
A sad but true story of how our Americans that have given their all to our country get treated for their sexual preferences. Read more
Published 11 months ago by glacierbear
5.0 out of 5 stars The Women have Arrived
I watched this video after hearing about it at a conference. I am a veteran, and spent time in a combat zone doing things men usually do. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Women are in combat, Deal with it.
Essentially the theme of this documentary is that female soldiers were needed to fight in combat but Congress had not authorized, nor recognized their integral role. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rotorwings
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Documentary
I found this documentary to be very enlightening and interesting. The personal stories of some of the women were quite intresting. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great War Story That Needed to Be Told
I watched Lioness from my Kindle on a long flight, it brought tears to my eyes. One of the ladies in the piece reminded me of my daughter and made me further realize the high cost... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Maigen
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