Filmmaker Abigail Disney returns to public media with The Armor of Light. In this conversation with WNET’s Tom Stewart, Ms. Disney takes us behind the scenes of the creation of this documentary, her film directing debut. It tells the stories of longtime anti-abortion activist and Evangelical minster, Rev. Rob Schenck and Lucia McBath, whose teenage son was the victim of a “stand your ground” shooting in Florida. She describes the film as a work of the heart and a cry of conscience, meant to open the door to a conversation touching several important and controversial issues of our time. In addition we hear the history of her earlier film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which chronicled the efforts of Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee. The attention the film brought to Gbowee contributed to her later selection as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which Ms. Disney calls “better than as Oscar”!
Growing up in a famous filmmaking family, Abigail learned at an early age the essential story-telling nature of film, which ultimately led to her commitment to telling stories that can change the world. In addition to filmmaking, she is an advocate for women’s issues and heads up Peace is Loud, an organization which shines a spotlight on women leaders promoting peace around the world.
WNET Up Next is a presentation of the Design and On Air Promotion Department of WNET in New York; this episode made possible with the special assistance of the WNET Community Relations Department. A follow-up edition of WNET Up Next will feature a panel discussion featuring Ms. Disney, Rev. Schenck and Ms. McBath, recorded at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.