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Lioness

"Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War and returned home as part of this countries generation of female combat veterans. Lioness makes public, for the first time, their hidden history.

Leila Khaled: Hijacker

"In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero.

Lebanon: Bits and Pieces

"Lebanon: Bits and Pieces is an exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving exploration of the myths and realities of present-day Lebanon, as reflected through the voices of women. During Olga Nakkas’ childhood, Lebanon was known to the outside world as an exemplary model of peace in the heart of an Arab Middle East dominated by dictators.

Iraq: The Women's Stories

"The invasion of Iraq heralded promises of freedom from tyranny and equal rights for the women of Iraq. But three years on, the reality of everyday life for women inside Iraq is a different story.

"To make this film, two Iraqi women risk their lives to spend three months traveling all over the country with a camera to record the lives and experiences of women they meet."

Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time

"Profiles Hanan Ashrawi, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization during the Middle East peace talks with Israel, but who later turned down a position in the new government in favor of continuing her efforts on behalf of peace and human rights.

Full Cover Girl: How Fundamentalism and Democracy are Eroding Women's Rights in Iraq

Female Suicide Bombers

"A new kind of terrorist is on the rise: female suicide bombers. More difficult to spot than male terrorists, and more difficult to understand, these women are the new face of terror. From Russia to Sri Lanka to the Middle East, women are increasingly turning their bodies into bombs, blowing up markets, schools, and even jetliners.  Who are these women, and why are they dying to kill? Are they driven by different motives than men?

Ever Shot Anyone?

Encounter Point

Deir Yassin Remembered

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