On Thursday, December 14, The Art Theatre and Arts Council for Long Beach will be hosting a special of screening of a documentary called Served Like a Girl, providing 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.
The accompanying soundtrack includes a broad catalog of never-before-heard and inspiring songs by some of today’s greatest female musical artists. Amongst them is four-time Grammy award-winning artist, Pat Benatar, who performs the powerful new song “Dancing Through the Wreckage,” written alongside Linda Perry and Neil Giraldo.
This unique compilation also features new, unreleased music from some of the most inspirational female vocalists in the world including Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, P!nk, Natasha Bedingfield, Beth Lowen, Lykke Li, Willa Amai, and more! All of the aforementioned songs were mixed by industry leader Tony Hoffer.
A Q&A with film’s director Lysa Heslov, MA1 Hope Garcia and Executive Director of U.S. Vets Association of Long Beach Brenda Threat will follow the screening.
Event RSVP: servedlikeagirl.eventbrite.com
This article was released by the Arts Council for Long Beach.