WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is 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 an enthusiastic 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.
WOMEN, WAR & PEACE: SCREENING KITS
Offered free of charge to organizations outside the United States that empower women and support peace.
Peace is Loud, Fork Films and THIRTEEN partnered to launch a worldwide global outreach campaign in 2012 to bring WOMEN, WAR & PEACE to an international audience. The campaign involved creating screening kits with all the materials needed to screen and discuss the films in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. The films are available on region-free DVDs and the kit also includes a CD with a downloadable discussion and resource guide specifically written for grassroots organizations, which provides insights from leaders about organizing for peace.
In January of 2013, Peace is Loud sent screening kits to partner organizations around the world, particularly NGOs working on the ground to prevent conflict and bolster women’s leadership. The primary goal in this was to spark creative thinking about organizing and advocacy as well as inspire action through examples of women-led nonviolent movements for peace.
To date, we have shared over 1500 screening kits and the films have been shown in more than 82 countries. The outreach campaign is ongoing, and Peace is Loud will continue to share kits and collect feedback from audience members at screening events to maximize the series’ impact.
Please note that quantities are limited, and so Peace is Loud unfortunately cannot guarantee that all screening kit requests will be granted.
WOMEN, WAR & PEACE has won the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award for best TV documentary on international affairs, the Gracie Award for outstanding series, and a Television Academy Honor. The War We Are Living has won the Overseas Press Club’s Award for best reporting in any medium on Latin America, Pray the Devil Back to Hell won the Gracie Award for outstanding producer, and I Came to Testify has been honored with the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award.
“This series of five documentaries, all made to challenge the notion that war is an inherently masculine concern, has to be one of the best documentary efforts ever to grace television, and I’m being very serious when I say that. PBS absolutely outdid itself in documenting the work and experiences of women in wartime, both in the depth, breadth and attention the filmmakers paid to the gendered nature of conflict and peace-building and their treatment of the women, which was compassionate, humanizing, and celebratory.”
“WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is powerful human drama, and a living, breathing testament to the human spirit. There’s nothing particularly cheerful or entertaining about it as a light TV diversion, but it’s no downer. It asks a lot of the viewer, but it’s hard to imagine a program that gives more back. It’s both heartbreaking and life-affirming, and there are moments that are almost impossible to forget.”
— Alex Strachan, Vancouver Sun
“…the series… shiver[s] with the tension of humanity at its worst and humanity at its best. As the stories unfold, we peer into the depths of depravity only to rise, on the shoulders of these women, to the promise of survival that transcends resiliency and becomes change.”
— Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
“Intellectually ambitious but lushly photographed, incisive but circumspect … Creators Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, and Gini Reticker have produced a series that’s likely to challenge conventional expectations for war documentaries: how we watch them, how we make them..one of the more fascinating and innovative documentary series that you’ll ever see.”
—Andrew McNally, PopMatters