Women, War & Peace

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Discover how some of the biggest recent international events have been shaped by women in a showcase of four, female-directed films that tell never-before-told stories about women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.

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Watch it March 25 and 26 from 9 to 11 p.m. on WCNY-TV.
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ABOUT ABIGAIL E. DISNEY
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Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of “The Armor of Light.” As president and CEO of the documentary production company Fork Films, she produced the groundbreaking “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” and co-created the subsequent PBS series Women, War & Peace.
She is also the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence. The companies and stories that have most meaning for Abigail are the ones which foster human understanding. She has produced and supported over 100 projects through Fork Films’ funding program and created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements, focusing on women’s rights and gender justice.

The Beginning

Betsy Wiggins and Danya Wellmon, the co-founders of Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB), discuss how 9/11 was the precipitating event in the formation of their organization and how they wanted to create something positive from this horrific event.

A Grass Roots Organization

Betsy Wiggins and Danya Wellmon, the co-founders of Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB), explain the grass root nature of the organization, and the importance of creating a safe place for women of different traditions to share their stores.

Breaking Down “The Other”

Catherine Gerard, Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), discusses how humans have a scary tendency to divide into “us” vs “them”. Danya Wellmon and Betsy Wiggins, explain how Women Transcending Boundaries helps break down the idea of “the other” and builds relationships of understanding.

Turning Dialogue into Action.

Betsy Wiggins and Danya Wellmon discuss how they have been able to transform the dialogue fostered at WTB meetings into positive community action. Catherine Gerard, Director of PARCC, explains how difficult it is for some organizations to turn dialogue into sustained positive activity.

World Interfaith Harmony Assembly

The World Interfaith Harmony Week is a United Nations supported event that is observed by numerous groups around the world. For the last nine years, Women Transcending Boundaries and Interfaith Works have organized and sponsored a local World Interfaith Harmony Assembly. Catherine Gerard, Director of PARCC, explains why it is important for people to feel like they are part of a bigger movement.

Women and Peace Building

Catherine Gerard, Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), discusses the long history of women bonding together to take a stand for peace, and places Women Transcending Boundaries within that larger tradition.

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