LIONESS, a new film by Meg McLaren and Daria Sommers that tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent in direct ground combat, will kick off ITVS Community Cinema in Nashville — a free documentary film screening series — on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. (reception at 5:15) at the Downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street in downtown Nashville.
Presented in partnership with NPT and the Nashville Library, the entire ITVS Community Cinema in Nashville series will include free screenings, receptions and panel discussions at the Library for six films through May 2009, all in advance of the films’ broadcasts on NPT and PBS stations nationwide as part of the Independent Lens series. A complete schedule is on the NPT web site.
How did five female Army support soldiers–mechanics, supply clerks and engineers–end up fighting alongside the Marines in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War? In LIONESS, directors Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers give an intimate look at war through the eyes of the first women in U.S. history sent into direct ground combat, despite a policy that bans them from doing so. Through harrowing personal stories, these women candidly share their experiences in Iraq as well from their lives back home to form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war. The version of LIONESS shown at this screening event has been modified from its original feature length by the filmmakers to allow more time for audience discussion.
Join us after the screening for a discussion with Mary Ross, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army and current deputy executive director of Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc., a nonprofit organization offering social services to veterans.
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