Geena Davis and Abigail E. Disney Preview Women and War Documentary at UCI, While Jody Hassett Sanchez Brings Human Trafficking Film
One, entertainment brand heir Abigail E. Disney, is bringing even more star power: Academy Award winner Geena Davis. She narrates a film in the five-part PBS documentary Women, War & Peace that includes the Disney-directed documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell.
PBS SoCal and UCI's Center for Living Peace co-sponsor the event, which is moderated by Newport Beach philanthropist Kelly Smith. She founded the Center for Living Peace, which offers classes and programs on self-discovery, effective communication, safeguarding the environment, and arts and culture.
Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and is a spokeswoman for Women & Girls Lead, a public media initiative designed to rally girls around the world to address 21st century challenges.
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"Wars, especially long ones, tend to define generations," she says in a UCI statement about the panel. "When I returned to Iran, I was worried that I wouldn't fit in. I had been teased in the U.S. about being Iranian and stopped speaking Persian in public, so I lost my skills. But I found that what distinguished me from other Iranians of my generation was not my Americanness but the fact that I hadn't lived through war."
She continues, "Wars leave an enormous debt and mark--not just on those who physically fight them, but those at home whose resources are pulled away to fight the war, whether that's money for education or a parent, sibling or spouse. The way we can make a difference is through programs such as Women, War & Peace--by being educated, because ignorance fuels the fires of war."