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About the Producers

January 21, 2009
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Photo Credit: Gregg Kessler

Gini Reticker
Series Producer, Women, War & Peace

Gini Reticker is an Emmy-winning, Academy Award-nominated documentary director and one of the world’s leading filmmakers on women’s issues. Most recently, Reticker directed 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 the 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. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it “eloquently captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place.”

Reticker has directed two films for WIDE ANGLE, the Emmy Award-winning Ladies First, which focused on the role of women in rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda, and Class of 2006, about the first fifty women in Morocco to graduate from an imam academy in Rabat. Her first film, The Heart of the Matter received the Sundance Freedom of Expression Award; Out of the Darkness: Women and Depression garnered both an Emmy and a Gracie Award. She produced the Academy Award-nominated short Asylum, and the Emmy nominated A Decade Under The Influence. Before becoming a producer and director, Reticker worked as an editor on films including: Roger & Me; The Awful Truth: The Romantic Comedy, PBS American Cinema Series; and the Emmy-nominated Fire From the Mountain.

 

Photo Credit: Gregg Kessler

Abigail E. Disney
Series Producer, Women, War & Peace

Abigail Disney is the producer of the Oscar-shortlisted Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is also a philanthropist, business woman, and community activist who has a long history of work in support of women’s leadership and peace building internationally. Disney is the founder and the president of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive, social change foundation that makes grants to grassroots, community-based organizations working with low-income communities in New York City. She recently retired as chair of The New York Women’s Foundation, of which she was a board member for over 14 years. Abigail serves on the boards of the Roy Disney Family Foundation, the White House Project, the Global Fund for Women, and the Fund for the City of New York, as well as the advisory boards of a broad range of organizations working in the areas of poverty, women’s issues, education and environment. When the groundbreaking periodical Ms. Magazine was in danger of extinction, she worked with Gloria Steinem and a group of other passionate investors to form Liberty Media for Women to secure the fate of Ms. Magazine for future generations. Abigail also acts as Vice Chair of the board of Shamrock Holdings Incorporated, a professional investment company.

Pamela Hogan
Executive Producer,
Women, War & Peace
PAMELA HOGAN has been at the forefront of making PBS’s international documentary series WIDE ANGLE a standard setter in the coverage of global women’s issues throughout its eight seasons on the air. Hogan takes that lead further by spearheading Women, War & Peace, WIDE ANGLE’s first thematic limited series. A senior member of the WIDE ANGLE team since its inception in 2002, Hogan has overseen 70 hours of documentaries in 50 countries, and has originated such films as Time for School (Overseas Press Club Citation, Gabriel Award, IDA Nominee), spotlighting the global education crisis through 7 children in 7 countries; and Emmy winner/Sigma Delta Chi Best Documentary Winner Ladies First, about Rwandan women’s leadership 10 years after the genocide. Previously Hogan oversaw all international co-productions at National Geographic Television. Her other credits include: Senior Producer, Bill Moyers: Earth on Edge; Director/Co-Producer (with Harvard historian Peter Galison), Ultimate Weapon: The H-Bomb Dilemma (History Channel); and Field Producer for the Peabody Award-winning To Be An American (NBC). She has been a judge, panelist, and speaker at Harvard’s Askwith Forum, Brown’s Watson Institute, the Asia Society, USAID, Wildscreen, ITVS’s International Call, and Docuclub NY. With Connie Shulman, Hogan recently completed an independent documentary, Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury, about the mother of two young children who is grappling with premature dementia.

Comments

  1. Ana Lucia Cuevas says:

    Dear Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker and Pamela Hogan,

    I have only just come across information about your current series of programmes “Women, War & Peace”. Whilst, unfortunately, as I am currently resident in England, I am not be able to watch them in their entirety, I can only applaud that one of your chosen themes is to explore the consequences of war on the lives of women caught up, or integrally involved in war and armed conflict.

    I was born in 1963, into a country engaged in one of the most horrific civil wars in the history of Latin America. As a 47-year old single mother, widow, sister of one of Guatemala’s 40,000 ‘disappeared’, and godparent to a 2-year old and his mother (my sister-in-law) who were brutally tortured during Holy Week of 1985, I have been surrounded all my life by either the immediate horrors of genocide and war, or by the psychological scars that it has left on hundreds of thousands of ‘the survivors.’

    After 25 years in political exile, and following the discovery (in 2005) of millions of documents detailing the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Guatemalan State against its own people, I recently returned with a view to contributing, in my own way, to the process of reconciliation, and towards a more peaceful and democratic Guatemala. What has sustained me throughout this process has been the mothers, sisters, wives … the families of the disappeared, whose courage and strength are immense, and depicted in their commitment to an end to impunity, and for the establishment of a peaceful, democratic Guatemala.

    I can therefore share your sense of engagement with the struggles of women your series portray, as I have now completed 95% of the principal filming for my production “To Echo the Pain of the Many – El Eco del Dolor de Mucha Gente” , an 11-minute trailer of which can be viewed in Hi-definition on Vimeo , and in standard definition on its own Facebook page.

    http://vimeo.com/11162712

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Eco-del-Dolor-de-Mucha-GenteTo-Echo-the-Pain-of-the-Many/119073521447246?ref=ts

    I wish to every success with your series.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ana Lucia Cuevas

    • Producers says:

      Dear Ana,

      It was very moving to get your note and the trailer for your film. One of the first films that I ever worked on was When the Mountains Tremble, which featured Rigoberto Menchu telling the story of Quatemala. I visited the country during that period and it made a profound and lasting impression on me.

      As we produce this series, everywhere we go we are finding that the struggle to end the impunity of those who perpetuate human rights abuses is as the forefront of people’s search for justice.

      Thank you so much for sharing this trailer with us. Please keep us posted as you move forward.

      All the best,

      Gini Reticker, Abby Disney & Pamela Hogan

  2. Jon Pahl. says:

    Greetings from Philadelphia:

    I’m a Professor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia who teaches the History of Religions, and (more importantly) co-chair of the American Academy of Religion Program Unit on “Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace.” As part of our Call for Papers for our annual meeting (November 18-22, 2011, in San Francisco–which will bring 8,000 scholars of religion to the Bay Area), our steering committee (made up of scholars from Harvard, the University of Notre Dame, the California State University system, Arizona State University, and others), intends to solicit papers/proposals on “Women as Peacemakers.” It would be great to collaborate in some way, possibly including a screening of one of your episodes. A screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell was featured in Fall 2009 at the annual meeting in Montreal, which is where I became aware of your work. Thanks for your inspiring, and courageous work at bringing these stories to light. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jon Pahl, Ph.D.
    jpahl@ltsp.edu
    610-909-7107

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