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Film Oct 18 - Woman in the Iraq War

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  • Estelle Carol and Bob Simpson
    Independent LensPBS Watch a Preview lioness_banner_640x314.jpg ITVS Community Cinema presents: LIONESS (83 Minutes) Saturday, October 18th, 2PM Chicago
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2008
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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.


      For more information contact:
      Naomi Walker, ITVS Regional Outreach Coordinator

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      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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      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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