29 July 2011
New York City—Abigail Disney knows the effects of war on women and the powerful role women can play in peacemaking. Creator of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, an award-winning film about women who demanded peace for Liberia, Disney is now making Women, War & Peace, a five-part PBS series debuting October 11, 2011, that presents the stories of women in four war-torn countries: Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Liberia. In a preview event open to the public, Disney will visit The General Theological Seminary on Friday evening, September 16, 2011, to discuss religious aspects of the series.
The Women, War and Peace series, comprising five films to air on consecutive Tuesday evenings, reveals how women, in modern warfare, have become primary targets and are suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet women are also emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace.
The preview event will include commentary by Disney as she screens scenes from the new series, followed by an interview with the Rev. Chloe Breyer, Director of The Interfaith Center of New York, Episcopal priest, and 2000 graduate of GTS. Disney will address both the negative and positive religious aspects of women, war and peace—including the ways in which she has seen religious doctrines and institutions pose a stumbling block for women in peacemaking and also how women’s faith beliefs and communities have contributed to their desire and efforts for peace.
Co-sponsored by Anglican Women’s Empowerment (AWE) and Fork Films, Disney’s film production company, the evening also will provide participants with ideas for viewing and responding to the PBS series. AWE, a non-profit organization seeking to empower Anglican/Episcopal women and girls striving for gender equity and social justice, and Fork Films are working together to produce a discussion guide that can be used by local churches.
The General Theological Seminary, located in the heart of New York City, educates and forms leaders for the church in a changing world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of the Episcopal Church, General offers certificate and degree programs including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary is also home to the Desmond Tutu Center, a full-service conference center with sixty modern guest rooms.
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