Film Producer and Peace Activist Abigail Disney to Speak at NAFSA 2017 International Education Conference in Los Angeles

 

 

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Contact:
Rebecca Morgan, rebeccam@nafsa.org, 202.495.2553
Katie O’Connell, katieo@nafsa.org, 202.495.2559

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2016 – Documentary film producer, director, CEO of Fork Films and founder of Peace is Loud Abigail Disney will speak at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California. Throughout all of her work, Abigail Disney shines an important light on today’s most pressing social issues impacting the United States and the world.

Abigail Disney’s passion advocating for women’s rights and peace led to her producing her first documentary feature, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, as part of the PBS series Women, War & Peace. This film focused on women working together to end civil war in Liberia. Featuring Nobel Peace Laureate and former NAFSA plenary speaker Leymah Gbowee, the film screened in 60 countries worldwide and won the Best Documentary Award at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

“International education has long been considered one of the United States’ most successful foreign policy tools,” said Marlene M. Johnson, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO. “Disney’s expertise and stories of perseverance and innovation that cut across gender and geographical borders will offer an inspiring perspective for the complex world in which NAFSA members, and the students and scholars they serve, are working to shape and help improve.”

As CEO of Fork Films, Disney has produced over 20 films, including 1971, Family Affair, Citizen Koch, The Invisible War (Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature) and Sun Come Up (Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Short). In 2015, Disney made her directorial debut with The Armor of Light. The documentary feature focuses on an evangelical preacher and his courageous quest to speak out against growing gun violence in America.

Disney founded Peace is Loud in 2009, which is a non-profit organization working to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace. The organization is dedicated to using media and live events to support and spotlight women who advocate for peace and who resist violence in their communities. She holds a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University.

Abigail Disney will address the NAFSA conference on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Los Angeles, Cali. This plenary session featuring Disney is sponsored by The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts. Learn more about all the plenary speakers at www.nafsa.org/ac17plenaries.

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