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Lioness -- 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, the experiences of these women 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.


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Directed by
Meg McLagan 
Daria Sommers 
Produced by
Diana Barrett .... co-executive producer
Dan Cogan .... supervising producer
Wendy Ettinger .... executive producer
Judith Helfand .... executive producer
Sarah E. Johnson .... co-executive producer
Stephen Maing .... co-producer (as Stephen T. Maing)
Meg McLagan .... producer
Julie Parker Benello .... executive producer
Daria Sommers .... producer
Matthew Syrett .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Brendon Anderegg 
Cinematography by
Julia Dengel 
Kirsten Johnson 
Film Editing by
Stephen Maing  (as Stephen T. Maing)
Sound Department
Claire Bell .... sound designer (as Brian Scibinico)
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... supervising sound editor
Eric Gitelson .... foley engineer
Ric Hase .... sound recordist
Matthew Sutton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Maing .... camera operator (as Stephen T. Maing)
Editorial Department
Will Cox .... colorist
Charlie Rokosny .... assistant on-line editor
Other crew
Amy Raugust .... researcher
Robert L. Seigel .... production legal services
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Nick Dash .... the producers wish to thank

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
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