The impact of Pray the Devil Back to Hell led to a collaboration with WNET to expand the stories of women’s roles in times of war.
This collaboration became Women, War & Peace,a five-part special series exploring women's strategic role in conflict and peacebuilding. With narrators Matt Damon, Geena Davis, Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard, the paradigm-shifting series spotlights the stories of women in volatile conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia.
The series received a wonderful response from the media and from viewers who are interested in the growing international discussion about the role of women in conflict, justice and peacebuilding – a discussion that promises to have a significant impact on lives around the world.
Plans for a worldwide global outreach campaign in 2012 are underway to increase awareness of women’s activism in wartime, heighten people’s sensitivity to the impact of war on women and provide inspiration to become involved by taking action and fostering awareness within their communities. Many more special events are slated for the coming year in the US and throughout the world, so please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates.
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More about Women, War & Peace
Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs, insurgent groups and warlords using unconventional weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.
Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, Women, War & Peace is the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in war and peace. The series will present its groundbreaking message across the globe by utilizing all forms of media, including U.S. and international primetime television, radio, print, web, and worldwide community screenings, and will be accompanied by an educational and outreach initiative designed to advance international accountability in regard to women and security.
About the Episodes
I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003.
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women’s rights don’t get traded away in the deal.
The War We Are Living travels to Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, where two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are braving a violent struggle over their gold-rich lands. They are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war.
War Redefined, the capstone of Women, War & Peace, challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Interviewees include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; and globalization expert Moisés Naím.
The five-part special series, Women, War & Peace, spearheaded by Executive Producers Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, and Gini Reticker, is a production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films in association with WNET and ITVS for broadcast on PBS.
Learn more on the Women, War & Peace official website.
Series Created By: Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker
Senior Producer: Nina Chaudry
Filmmakers: Peter Bull, Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker, Claudia Rizzi, Oriana Zill Granados
Co-Producers: Nina Chaudry, Johanna Hamilton
Editors: Pascal Akesson, Andrew Fredericks, Kristen Huntley, Rachel Reichman, Meg Reticker, Kate Taverna
Cinematography: Kirsten Johnson, Tony Forma, Lucy Martens
Original Music: Bob Golden, Blake Leyh
Major funding for Women, War & Peace is provided by the 40x50, a group of visionary donors who have provided key support for this initiative; Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Foundation to Promote Open Society; Ford Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Swanee Hunt Family Fund of the Denver Foundation; Starry Night, an Anne Delaney Charitable Fund; The Atlantic Philanthropies; Dobkin Family Foundation; Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family; Gruber Family Foundation; Bill Haney; Pierre N. Hauser; Susan Disney Lord; Partridge Foundation, a John and Polly Guth Charitable Fund; Vital Projects Fund; Elizabeth H. Weatherman and The Warburg Pincus Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; Cynda Collins Arsenault; Barbara H. Zuckerberg; Sigrid Rausing Trust; more than 1,500 Members of THIRTEEN; and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for I Came to Testify is also provided by National Endowment for the Humanities, and for Peace Unveiled by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.