TWIN FALLS — The season finale of the Indie Lens Pop-Up free film-screening series will be “Served Like a Girl,” shown at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the Sligar Auditorium of the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls.
The film is a powerful look at a group of female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries and military sexual abuse, these inspiring women find ways to adapt to the challenges they face through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition.
Guided by event founder and veteran, Maj. Jas Boothe, the women work hard to prepare for the competition, and in the process, recover parts of their identities they had lost on the battlefield. More than a vehicle for shared recovery, the competition’s primary mission is to raise funds and awareness for America’s 55,000 homeless women veterans.
Film viewers can enjoy a free slice of pizza at 6 p.m., with each additional slice costing $1. A discussion will follow the film, moderated by Navy Officer Hayley Rienstra who was born and raised in southern Idaho.
Rienstra enlisted in the United States Navy in 2010. After training, she was stationed on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN which was home-ported in Everett, Wash. She completed two deployments to the Persian and Arabian Gulfs.
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a nation-wide documentary film series offering public education and civic engagement initiatives, featuring films from the Emmy award-winning PBS television series “Independent Lens.” Indie Lens Pop-Up is sponsored by Independent Television Service, Idaho Humanities Council and Magic Valley Arts Council.
For more information, call 208-734-2787 or go to www.magicvalleyartscouncil.org.