Kresge Library

27th Annual Women and Gender Studies Film Festival: 2009/2010

Women In War - Women On War

The Women and Gender Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences, Oakland University, presents the 2009/2010 Annual Film Festival: "Women in War - Women on War " on Saturday, March 13, 2010, 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., 156 North Foundation Hall (campus map--#12 on map). Although this event is FREE, your contribution would be greatly appreciated. The Festival is co-sponsored by the School of Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Cinema Studies program, and the Departments of Communication and Journalism, History, and Sociology and Anthropology. For more Information contact Women and Gender Studies, Oakland University (248-370-3221; Registration by March 5th is requested.

Program Schedule

12:00-12:15 Sign-in and Refreshments

12:15-1:15 My Home - Your War

1:30-3:00 Lioness

3:15-5:30 Panel discussion and refreshments

Panelists include:

Marta Prescott, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Her dissertation research centers on the consequences of
conflict and trauma, notably the experience of post-traumatic stress in both civilian populations and servicemen and women

Flora Dallo and Patricia Wren, OU School of Health Sciences

Kellie Hay, OU Department of Communication & Journalism



My Home - Your War, from Australian filmakers Kylie Grey and Marcus Gillezeau

Layla Hassan
Kylie Grey met Layla Hassan--a linguist, wife of a pharmacist, and mother of a teenage son--three weeks before the invasion in 2003. Layla, at great personal risk, agreed to be filmed at home with her family before, during, and after the war. This film paints a picture of how the war has affected average Iraqis, as vibrant scenes of Baghdad give way to surveys of destruction. As Islamic fundamentalism takes hold in the chaos of Baghdad, Layla's shy teenage son turns to militancy; her once-progressive sister dons the veil; and whatever freedom she once had under Saddam Hussein's secular rule steadily erodes. The film abundantly illustrates how the Iraq war has created a situation where the rise of fundamentalism is putting women's rights increasingly at risk. (from abstract on WorldCat record for the film)

Lioness, PBS Documentary, directed and produced by Meg McLagan and Daria Somners

Lioness makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Told through intimate accounts and interviews with military commanders, the film follows five lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. Together the women's narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view. (from abstract on WorldCat record for the film)

Lioness DVD cover

More about the films:

My Home - Your War
trailer for the film
information about filmmaker Kylie Grey

PBS web site for film, includes preview
review of the film in the Journal of American History [ Access to this article is freely available "on campus," but "off campus" access is limited to OU faculty, staff, and students.]
review of film from The New York Times

Related Books available at the Kresge Library:

Al-Adje, Nadje Sadig and Nicola Pratt. What kind of liberation? : women and the occupation of Iraq. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Paulson, Daryl S. and Stanley Krippner. Haunted by combat : understanding PTSD in war veterans including women, reservists, and those coming back from Iraq. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International, 2007.

Sjoberg, Laura. Gender, justice, and the wars in Iraq : a feminist reformulation of just war theory. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.

Feinman, Ilene Rose. Citizenship rites : feminist soldiers and feminist antimilitarists. New York: New York University Press, 2000.

Selected Articles:

[ Access to the articles below is freely available "on campus," but "off campus" access is limited to OU faculty, staff, and students.]

Humphreys, Keith. "Responding to the psychological impact of war on the Iraqi people and U.S. vetarans: mixing icing, praying for cake." The American Psychologist 64.8 (2009): 712+. [To access this article: click on title, on the resulting page click on "full text PDF," then go to 3d PDF page. Article begins near bottom.]]

Browder, Laura. "When Janey comes marching home [women soldiers and Iraq War] ." The Virginia Quarterly Review 84.4 (2008): 55-69.

Lindner, Andrew M. "Among the troops: seeing the Iraq war through three journalistic vantage points." Social Problems 56.1 (2009): 21+.

Cooke, Miriam. "Baghdad burning: women write war in Iraq." World Literature Today 81.6 (2007): 23+.


Created on 10/16/08 by by Millie Merz / Last updated on 5/1/19 by Millie Merz
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