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ITVS Community Cinema presents:
LIONESS (83 Minutes)
Saturday, October 18th, 2PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E. Washington St. (Directions)
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. 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 Lioness
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
After the film, join the discussion with guest speakers:
Katherine Dong, Women Veterans Program Manager, North Chicago VA Medical
Dr. Constance Edwards, Vice President, National Women Veterans United
Melissa Holas, VA Medical Center Advocate for Women Veterans
Moderator: Carrie Shepherd
Counselors working in various programs aiding women veterans will be on
hand for referrals and advice.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
For more information contact:
Naomi Walker, ITVS Regional Outreach Coordinator
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Visit the website for LIONESS
Learn more about the Lioness soliders, the making of the film.
Premieres Thursday, November 13, 2008
10 PM on Independent Lens on PBS
(check local listings)
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Chicago Community Cinema!
Sponsored by local partner organizations:
National Women Veterans United
Department of Veterans Affairs
Series partners include:
WTTW Channel 11
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
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