Lioness: Ther for Action, Missing from History

Lioness: Ther for Action, Missing from History

Meg McLagan

5.15.2008

Meg McLagan

Meg McLagan is a documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist. Her films include “Tibet in Exile,” which was broadcast on PBS, and “Paris is Burning,” which won the documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directors Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, discuss their documentary film “Lioness,” about the use of women soldiers in combat during the War in Iraq. “Lioness” chronicles when U.S. women soldiers are sent to the front lines to defuse tensions with local civilians, leading to those women fighting some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the war. Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archive footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows five women, dubbed "Team Lioness" by their commanders, who served together for a year in Iraq. Also participating in the discussion is soldier Shannon Morgan from Mena, Ark., who is featured in the film.