Lioness received the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April. Read on for the remarks given by Tom Rankin, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, at the presentation of the award.
The 2008 winner of our CDS filmmaker award goes to filmmakers who have artfully revealed a part of the invisibility of our current war. They have done so with nuance and clarity and emotional power, refusing to replicate the simple portrayals we so often see. Their film individualizes our tragic conflict in Iraq, through the experiences of a diverse group of women soldiers whose experiences-relatively unknown, forgotten, or ignored-provide a powerful window through which to view not only our current time but the universality of the cost of war. The 2008 CDS Filmmaker Award goes to Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers for Lioness.