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Impact Festival 2012 Tackles Veterans Issues This Week

Impact Festival 2012 next week’s events focus on veterans issues.

Running now through August 26th, Culture Project’s festival consists of
documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater and new art
created by emerging and established artists along with provocative
conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision making process
and the preservation of our democracy and constitution.

We are particularly excited to share with you the topic guiding the
conversation next week, *The Blind Eye: Women & Veterans *including
performances dealing with soldiers and their stories which you can read
about below.

*Restrepo screening and discussion Monday, August 6th *

One platoon. One valley. One year. Restrepo chronicles the one-year
deployment of a platoon of American soldiers at one of the most dangerous
outposts in Afghanistan. Amongst the many prestigious awards Restrepo has
garnered, the film has received an Academy Award nomination for Best
Documentary and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News
Story – Long Form.

*GOLIATH, Wednesday, August 8th*

Told from seven different perspectives, Takeo Rivera’s *Goliath* tells one
young soldier’s war story, from home to the front and back again. Using a
poetic landscape inspired by Ntozake Shange, a Greek chorus and spoken word

in the style of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry, *Goliath* is a theatrical
meditation on war and masculinity; a glimpse into what we do during times
of war and of what it means to love when violence is part of the norm.

This performance of *Goliath* will feature opening poetry by Warrior
Writers NYC and a post-show conversation on critical issues facing Veterans
this upcoming election with NYC Veterans & veteran service organizations.
Read more about GOLIATH on CP’s blog!

*Lioness** **screening, Thursday, August 9th *

Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who
became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground
combat. Without sufficient training but with a commitment to serve as
needed, these young women ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest
counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war. Lioness makes public, for the
first time, this hidden history. Screening will be followed by a
conversation with directors Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, and the American
Civil Liberties Union.

Please visit the IMPACT 2012

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