On Tuesday night, November 1, PBS television stations across the country will broadcast an under-reported story from the frontlines of Colombia's resurging war, entitled, THE WAR WE ARE LIVING. This is the fourth part of a five-part series, Women War & Peace, a comprehensive television initiative exploring women's strategic role in conflict and peacebuilding. The program is narrated by actress Alfre Woodard.
The War We Are Living reports from a mountainous region in Colombia's Pacific southwest, where a gold rush is underway and ruthless militias are terrorizing the local population to force them off their valuable land. The program follows two extraordinary Afro-Colombians, Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez, both part of a powerful network of female leaders, as they defy death threats and insist on staying on their land. If they lose the battle, they and thousands of their neighbors will join Colombia's four million people-most of them women and children-who have been uprooted from their homes and livelihoods as a deliberate strategy of war. After Sudan, Colombia has the largest displaced population in the world.
Women, War & Peace places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security. Filmed in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia, and Liberia, the series' remaining episodes, The War We Are Living and War Redefined will be broadcast Tuesday, November 1 and 8 at 10 pm. ET on PBS (check local listings). The series couldn't be timelier, as demonstrated by the recent Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to three women peace activists. One of the new laureates, Leymah Gbowee, is prominently featured in the fifth and final episode of Women, War & Peace, to be broadcast on Tuesday, November 8.
Women, War & Peace is 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. The War We Are Living was produced by Oriana Zill de Granados, written by Pamela Hogan and Oriana Zill de Granados, and edited by Kristen Huntley. Senior producer was Nina Chaudry.
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