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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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One of the opening scenes was disturbing. Not sure if the filmmakers included it to demonstrate the diregard for life that can come from a combat tour. The filmmakers could have done a better job of following and incorporating the other woman's stories. At times the documentary lacked flow and direction.
In order for our military to function at an elite level women need to be officially trained and prepared to fight in combat roles. This is a no brainer. However, more women will suffer and be unable to reach their potential as soldiers if the military does not address and change the culture of sexual violence (the film does not address this issue, just my opinion).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great documentary, they deal with the same stuff males in combat arms deal with only without the proper training. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas L Cheek II
If these woman are going to deployed in this manner then recognize them, honor them and pay them as combat infantryPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well done. Sometimes the current policy excluding women from combat is 'justified' by saying that women are more emotional than men, and would fall to pieces. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. Watkins
Very disappointed. I had high expectations for this elite group of women to conduct themselves as honorable American soldiers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Penn
never really hear about our women in service on the news unless one gets killed or captured...this is good information about our women in the service... Read morePublished 9 months ago by chaik george