Served Like A Girl

A candid look at a sisterhood of US Servicewomen who unite in the "Ms. Veteran America" competition.

Ms. Veteran America Pageant
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 28, 2018
90 minutes
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    2017 Critics Choice Documentary Award-Best Song in a Documentary
  • Director

    Lysa Heslov

    Lysa Heslov (Director/Producer), along with her husband, Academy Award-winning producer/writer/director Grant Heslov, founded Children Mending Hearts eight years ago, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged youth in the U.S. through educational and humanities programs that build empathy and global citizenry. Served Like a Girl, Show more her directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and won the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Bentonville Film Festival in May 2017. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Heslov has produced such indie favorites as Black Circle Boys, Attention Shoppers, Bug, Mailman, and Hank Azaria’s Nobody’s Perfect.  Black Circle Boys, Mailman, and Nobody’s Perfect all premiered at Sundance. Nobody’s Perfect was awarded best short at the HBO Comedy Film Festival. Bug was awarded Best Feature Film by the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Show less

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    The Film

    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. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, and other traumas, these inspiring women find ways to adapt to the challenges they face through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition.