On March 1, 2011, the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, in collaboration with UN Women, hosted a special screening of the documentary Sisters in Arms and of the trailer for the upcoming PBS series Women, War & Peace.
Sisters in Arms is a documentary about Canadian female soldiers in combat, which presents the untold stories of three remarkable women who have chosen the most difficult and dangerous military professions and are sent to fight in Afghanistan. Using video diaries filmed by the soldiers in Afghanistan and intimate interviews at home, they share their deepest fears and darkest moments, challenging our perceptions of what constitutes a soldier. (Visit the documentary's website.)
Women, War & Peace is a ground-breaking, five-part prime-time PBS series to air this fall that documents the unreported role of women in the peacebuilding process. Through moving, human stories set in the midst of conflict, peacemaking and post-conflict rebuilding, the film aims to re-frame the popular understanding of war. This will be the first major series that places women at the center of the dialogue about peace and conflict. (Visit the series' website.)
The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the Director of Sisters in Arms, Beth Freeman, the producer of Women, War & Peace, Abigail Disney, and Sarah Douglas, UN Women.