'The War We Are Living' & 'War Redefined' [Women, War and Peace]
PBS and the Maysles Cinema Present:
Women, War and Peace
Series created by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker
'The War We Are Living'
(Oriana Zill de Granados, 2011, 60 min.)
If you ask Colombia's city dwellers and governing political class, they'll tell you the country's 40-year-old civil war is over. But The War We Are Living reveals the "other" Colombia, in rural areas far away from the capital, where the war is all too real and now the battle is over gold. In Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia's Pacific southwest, two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are fighting to hold onto the gold-rich land that has sustained their community through small-scale mining for centuries. Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez are part of a powerful network of female leaders who found that in wartime women can organize more freely than men. As they defy paramilitary death threats and insist on staying on their land, Carabali and Marquez are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war. Narrated by Alfre Woodard.
(Peter Bull, 2011, 60 min.)
War Redefined 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. Their experiences reveal how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualty rates. Simultaneously, they describe how women are emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. Narrated by Geena Davis.
ABOUT WOMEN, WAR AND PEACE:
'Women, War & Peace' challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain. With depth and complexity, this bold PBS series 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. Series created by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker. Three Films from this series will play at the Maysles Cinema on November 16th and 17th - "Play the Devil Back to Hell" and "War Redefined" on the 16th and "The War We are Living" and "War Redefined" on the 17th.
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