DVD - 2009
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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. Togethert the women's narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.
Publisher: [United States] : Docurama Films ; New York, NY : Distributed by New Video, [2009]
ISBN: 9781422935927
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 28, 2016

This is a 2008 documentary about five female support soldiers who ultimatey became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat.
I'm a conscientious objector who's against any war.
So sending women to fighting zone seems to me a wrong thing in the first place.
In any case, it is quite interesting to hear female soldiers' first-hand experiences that illuminate the emotional and psychological effects of war from a uniquely female perspective.
Most of them wish that they had never been in the fighting zone.
Yes, of course, it's understandable.

Dec 14, 2009

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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