Lioness
2008.  82 min. Video.  Co-director, co-producer.

Lioness tells the story of the first group of U.S.  Army servicewomen to be attached to combat arms units as part of the “Lioness program”  in Iraq.  The film was screened at various film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival where it won the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award in 2008, and broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens that same year.   

As the first film to shed light on the hidden narrative of women in combat,  Lioness played an important role in raising awareness of this under-the-radar practice on Capitol Hill and in defense policy circles where it was used as evidence for the urgent need to repeal the outdated combat exclusion policy.    The film also interceded in public dialogues about gender and the military and was embraced by a national movement of activists and veteran service organizations working to help the VA system prepare for the unprecedented influx of women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lioness is distributed by Docurama

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