LIONESS (2008) 81 mins.


The feature length documentary LIONESS presents the untold story of the first group of women soldiers in US history to be sent into direct ground combat, in violation of official policy. Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archive footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows five women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, these women reveal the unexpected course of events that began with using US women soldiers to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in the women's fighting in some of the bloodiest counter-insurgency battles of the war. Together the women's candid narratives and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view. LIONESS is the first film to bridge the gap between perception and reality of the role women in the military are playing in Iraq, capturing an historical turning point for American society.

Funded in part by the Sundance Documentary Institute, Chicken & Egg Productions and The Fledgling Fund.

2008 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award

2008 Independent Film Festival of Boston, MA
2008 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London, UK
2008 Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY
2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC
2008 Independent Film Festival of Boston, Boston, MA
2008 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York, NY

Visit the LIONESS website
Watch the op-doc at The New York Times