Documentary on Women in Afghanistan To Be Screened at YWCA of Brooklyn

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — What if you looked at war as though women mattered? What if you looked at peace as though women mattered?

On Monday, Oct. 10, the YWCA of Brooklyn will help answer these questions as the organization hosts the only public screening of Peace Unveiled in New York City before its national broadcast debut.

Peace Unveiled is part three of Women, War and Peace, a new five-part PBS miniseries focusing on the roles of women in peace and conflict. The series is a comprehensive global media initiative on the changing roles of women in war and peace. Actors Matt Damon, Geena Davis, Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard narrate.

Filmed in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia and Liberia, Women, War and Peace will premiere on Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1 and 8 at 10 p.m. As the recent announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan makes headlines around the world, Women, War and Peace places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security.

Peace Unveiled follows three women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table.

Following the screening on Monday, a panel discussion will take place moderated by Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of Half the Sky. The panel consists of Abigail E. Disney, writer of Peace Unveiled and executive producer of Women, War, & Peace; Gini Reticker, director of Peace Unveiled and executive producer of Women, War, & Peace; Grainne O’Hara, senior policy advisor of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and Manizha Naderi, executive director of Women for Afghan Women.

There will also be a pre-screening reception and a photo exhibit featuring images from Afghanistan. The event is free and will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at the YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Ave., corner of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. For more information, please call the YWCA at (718) 875-1190.

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