Served Like A Girl
Sunday, August 6, 2017 4:00pm
Los Angeles Premiere
Served Like A Girl tells the story of five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service who come together to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into a competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives, bringing them full circle in a quest for healing and hope.
Having served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan Nichole, Hope, Rachel and Andrea know that, for their sisters-in-arms, the war isn’t over and that many are still not “home.” They are concerned to do something for “the woman and that child who’s sleeping in that car”––an estimated 55,000 homeless women veterans––whose stories mirror their own.
They are inspired by Ms. Veteran America’s founder, cancer and Katrina survivor veteran Jas Boothe, formerly herself homeless. Jas sees herself as building a movement and believes “It’s always women who have brought a change for women.”
Struggling with PTSD, legacies of broken families and divorce, serious illness, and Military Sexual Abuse competing in Ms. Veteran America catalyzes an emotional rollercoaster for the women as they struggle to “Adapt and Overcome” (as the military mantra goes). Their stories build through riveting drama to the grand finale of the Ms. Veteran America event itself as they transform before our eyes and recover lost parts of self and identity. Leaving us with a deepened understanding of the diverse American women who join the military and what happens to them when they return from war by the film’s end we have walked in their shoes, at war and on the home front.
Served Like A Girl enjoyed its world premiere at SXSW.