Hollywood on the Potomac
“I was a ranger – one of the assault guys,” Keni Thomas told Hollywood on the Potomac at the world premiere of National Geographic’s series “No Man Left Behind” and the premiere screening of “The Real Black Hawk Down” at the US Navy Memorial. Synopsis: Somalia, 1993 – Famine, drought, and violence grip Somalia after a bloody revolution has left the country in disarray. Since the fall of the Somalian government in 1991, clan leader Mohamed Aidid has been waging a civil war and is hampering the United Nations efforts to deliver relief supplies to a civilian population facing starvation. But for US troops, what begins as a peacekeeping mission to provide relief will soon descend into chaos.
Thomas was both a part of that real mission and a narrator in the movie. “Basically, if you break that mission down into three elements there was the air element – the pilots and the crew – there was the ground reaction which would have been guys on vehicles, and then there was the assault element,” Thomas explained. “Initially we hit a target building so it was a raid. When we were still at the target building that’s when the first helicopter got shot down, and so then the mission changed. Then we were going to move from the target to go to that crash site and it became a rescue mission, although we weren’t part of a rescue unit.”
“In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion. Since 2011, more than half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions.” ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL – A film by Tracy Droz Tragos.
Award-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue, with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves: those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, and the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue, hoping to sway decisions and lives.
“What I discovered is that it is much less a black and white issue than I thought,” Droz Tragos told Hollywood on the Potomac. “Many, many women from all walks of life have abortions.”
“During my career, I barely shared this story with anyone in my offices because I didn’t want to be known by the label as the woman who was arrested,” former CIA case officer Marti Peterson told a packed audience at the Newseum for the premiere of CNN’s Original Series: DECLASSIFIED: Untold Stories of American Spies. “I wanted to stand on my own in each job that I had; and in the CIA we moved through many different positions and areas and I just never wanted to be known as the woman who was arrested.”
“DECLASSIFiED is a new eight-part CNN Original Series, that debuted on Sunday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage. Declassified covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War era Moscow to modern day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing. All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.
The hour-long series is produced by All3Media America with Gregory J. Lipstone, Domini Hofmann, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serving as executive producers.” CNN Statement