Meet the Filmmaker: Abigail Disney

Abby Disney in Oprah Magazine

Abby Disney

Name: Abigail Disney

Home Town: New York, NY

Inspiration for film: The amazing women I met in Liberia

Female Role Model: Billie Jean King

Favorite Recipe: Chocolate Mousse

Favorite  Book: Middlemarch, by George Eliot

Film Fetish: Singing in the Rain, Battleship Potemkin, Best Years of our Lives, Casablanca


Bio: Born in LA, transplanted permanently to NY in 84, came to film by accident and intend to stay in film forever.

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Synopsis for Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war.  The women’s historic yet unsung achievement finds voice in a narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

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Synopsis for Women War& Peace

WIDE ANGLE is planning a bold new mini-series Women, War & Peace to challenge the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and to place women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security. Women, War & Peace will focus on women’s strategic role in the post-Cold War era, where globalization, arms trafficking, and illicit trade have intersected to create a whole new type of war.

Women, War & Peace will present its groundbreaking message across the globe using all forms of media, including U.S. and international primetime television, radio, print, and web. PBS and WIDE ANGLE are proud to be the first to bring this conversation to primetime national television. Planned for broadcast in 2010, Women, War & Peace will be the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in war and peace.

Women, War & Peace is spearheaded by producers Gini Reticker and Abigail Disney. The 5-part series will include the U.S. television premiere of their previous collaboration, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the role women played in bringing peace to Liberia after 14 years of civil war. The film won Best Documentary Prize at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, the Silverdocs Witness Award, the Jackson Hole Audience Award, and has been short-listed for the Academy Award for best documentary.