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Lioness

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N18HLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lioness" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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