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Lioness

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Lioness makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Told through intimate accounts and interviews with military commanders, the film follows five lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. Together the women's narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.
Statement of Responsibility: Chicken & Egg Pictures presents in association with Impact Partners ; a Room 11 Productions film ; directed and produced by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers
Title: Lioness
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York] : Docurama Films : Distributed by New Video, c2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: exclusive, never-before-seen footage; update: Team Lioness on Capitol Hill; trailer; filmmaker biographies; The changing role of women in the military
Originally produced in 2008
Credits: Cinematography by Kristen Johnson and Julia Dengel ; co-producer, editor, Stephen T. Maing ; composer, Brendon Anderegg.
Summary: Lioness makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Told through intimate accounts and interviews with military commanders, the film follows five lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. Together the women's narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC; stereo
Subject Headings: Women in combat United States Women soldiers United States Iraq War, 2003-2011 Personal narratives, American
Genre/Form: Feature films
Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Topical Term: Women in combat
Women soldiers
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Publisher No: NNVG153270
ISBN: 1422935922
Branch Call Number: DVD 956.7044 L
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Dec 21, 2009
  • Michael rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

LIONESS - a term coined for American female combat soldiers in Iraq - is a very mundane and mediocre docu-drama about the role of women in the second US incursion in the Middle East. Taken from the personal perspectives of several women - and three in particular - the movie suggests that their poor socio-economic and low educational backgrounds ultimately defined their fate. By seeking an escape from their impoverished lives through army enrolment, it condemned them to the harsh realities of modern day war. The camera, accompanied by the narrative - and often interspliced with the female soldier's own words - also set the stage for several controversial adversarial scenarios that weren't just about "we-the-good-guys" versus "them bad guys". Sub-textual battlegrounds were even drawn between US army vs. US marines in this meandering morass of a film. It also questioned the very constitutional and legal right of the US to deploy their female soldiers in the manner they were used during their mission. On the one hand, it's designed to elicit sympathy for the survivors, who end up back in the States with a plethora of psychological problems directly derivative of their war encounters. On the other hand, the storyline was so boring and repetitive that you lost interest in what's being said, and thus the net effect of empathizing with these women, was diminished by a failing script. The title, and all the notions it conveyed, had so much promise. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to them in both content and presentation, making LIONESS - as far as "reality" war movies go - as inept as a paper tiger.

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