IPFW sponsors Fort Wayne premiere of documentary film on women in combat

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Press release from IPFW:

IPFW Sponsors Fort Wayne Premiere of Documentary Film on Women in Combat

(January 20, 2011) – In 2005, documentary film makers Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers began a journey that would culminate in the 2008 release of their film Lioness, which profiles five women soldiers who served in Iraq. Lioness will have its Fort Wayne premiere Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom.

According to the film’s Web site, Lioness “tells the story of a group of women support soldiers who went to Iraq in 2003 as clerks, mechanics, and engineers and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.” McLagan and Sommers say their goal in making the film “was to use the power of their stories to focus attention on the military’s below-the-radar expansion of
women’s roles into combat, a historic shift that continues to unfold in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The five women profiled in the film were based in the Sunni Triangle, and were regularly “attached to all-male combat units with the mission of defusing tensions with Iraqi women and children as part of an ad hoc Army program called Team Lioness. With the rise of the insurgency, they ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war. Yet these women’s stories were never mentioned in news accounts of these battles. Lioness bears witness to their hidden experiences and creates a space in the national conversation for their voices to be heard.”

A discussion about the film will be held at its conclusion. Panelists will include women students at IFPW and Ivy Tech who served in the military.

The film is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of Military Student Services Coordinator, the Center for Women and
Returning Adults, and IPFW’s Women’s Studies.

For more information contact Military Student Services Coordinator Jo Vaughan at 260-481-0207 or vaughanj@ipfw.edu.

The Lioness official website

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