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Women, War & Peace: Documentary Filmmaking as Activism

by Marcia G. Yerman.

From October 11 through November 8, PBS has showcased the five-part groundbreaking series Women, War & Peace— an examination of the impact of armed conflict upon the lives of women. With narration by actors Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Alfre Woodward, and Geena Davis, each hour profiles individual accounts about Bosnia, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Colombia.

The final episode presents an overview of how the landscape of war has shifted from combat between nations-states and their soldiers, to a scenario of “intimate killings” in which women “bear the brunt of small arms and light weapons” devastation.

A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, in association with WNET and ITVS, the series was created by executive producers Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, and Gini Reticker. I had the opportunity to speak with Hogan by telephone about her role in the series, and to learn the back story on the project.

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  • las artes November 24, 2011, 9:55 AM

    From October 11 through November 8, PBS has showcased the five-part groundbreaking series Women, War & Peace —an examination of the impact of armed conflict upon the lives of women. With narration by actors Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Alfre Woodward, and Geena Davis, each hour profiles individual accounts about Bosnia , Afghanistan , Liberia , and Colombia . The final episode presents an overview of how the landscape of war has shifted from combat between nations-states and their soldiers, to a scenario of “intimate killings” in which women “bear the brunt of small arms and light weapons” devastation.