Served Like A Girl

June 5, 2018
5:30pm Pacific Time
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Join us for an exclusive OVEE screening of Served Like A Girl with a live Q&A discussion with film stars MA1 Hope Garcia and MSgt Denyse Gordon.

"Served Like a Girl", provides a candid look at several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our wounded U.S. female service personnel often return to a stark reality, one that is rarely discussed or considered. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and the aftermath of military sexual abuse, these amazing women find ways to adapt and overcome debilitating challenges through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition. Guided by event founder and veteran, Jas Boothe, the women leverage their experiences gained through competition to recover the parts of themselves and their personal identities they had lost on the battlefield. Called "ENGAGING, HONEST and POWERFUL," this film is a beautiful tapestry interlaced with poignant moments, social commentary, and humor.

Website: servedlikeagirl.com/

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Served Like a Girl

Served Like a Girl is a powerful and poignant look at a group of diverse female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, who participate in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition.

90 minutes

Moderators

  • Niema Jordan

    Niema Jordan is a writer, director, and producer from Oakland, Calif. The proud Medill alum received her dual-Masters in Public Health and Journalism from University of California, Berkeley. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, she directed and produced OASIS, which chronicles a small clinic's battle to secure Hep C treatment for its underserved patients. Jordan also worked on outreach for Trilogy Films’ Trapped and helped produce films that were featured on New York Times, TIME/ ESSENCE Magazine, and Fusion. She is recently worked as the impact producer on Openhood's The Force, and the upcoming documentary The Pushouts. Niema is currently an engagement consultant at ITVS where she focuses on planning and strategy for Indie Lens Pop-Up. She serves on the board of Camp Reel Stories and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  • Heather World

  • Niema Jordan

Panelists

  • MSgt Denyse Gordon

    Denyse comes from a long and proud history of military and civic service. Her maternal grandfather served during WWII, her stepfather was a Vietnam era veteran and served in the United States Navy, her sister is a United States Army Reserve Captain who is a veteran of both the Gulf War and Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, her mother retired as an Executive Officer with the New York City Police Department Traffic Division and Denyse, who is also an OEF/OIF combat veteran, is an 22 1/2 Year United States Air Force Reserves Master Sergeant having served 12 years on active duty. In 2012, she was crowned the first Ms. Veteran America and continues with the competition as its director.

  • MA1 Hope Garcia

    Hope is a survivor. She served 10 years in the Navy before being placed on the Permanent Disability Retired list. She struggles with PTSD, as well as with the trauma resulting from the two sexual assaults she suffered during her service. The trauma Hope has endured hasn’t stopped her from fighting to better her life for not only her but her sons. At the time of filming Hope was working her way through school while attempting to build a career as a pin-up model. Through participating in the Ms. Veteran America competition, Hope was reunited with her mother and the two were able to start building a relationship.

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