Lisa Hepner, Patricia Smith Melton
Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines portrays the women who fight for peace in politically troubled areas in the post-Cold War era, places such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Argentina, Burundi, and New York. They include a teacher who is devoted to educating women in Afghanistan, a woman leader of unemployed laborers who runs in the presidential elections in Argentina in support of participatory democracy, women who run a broadcasting station for peace in Burundi, and women who got actively involved in anti-war movement after losing family 9-11.
Lisa Hepner, the director, celebrates these women who commit themselves everyday to establishing peace in territories torn apart by war and violence. Moreover, interpolating historical documents and interviews, she attempts to view and contextualize the political conflicts and peace movements experienced by women human rights activists from both the local and global perspectives. The most touching and impressive element of this film is the vivid voices of women who keep struggling and fighting for peace. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Lisa HepnerLisa Hepner
A Canadian-born journalist, Lisa has been working in the US for the past eight years, and has produced documentaries for HBO, A&E, PBS, Lifetime, MTV, and Columbia Tri-Star Television. For A&E, she worked with director Michael Apted for the documentary series Married in America. At Lucky Duck Productions, run by journalist Linda Ellerbee, Lisa co-produced Life Afterlife for HBO with director Lisa F. Jackson. Most recently, Lisa directed the Australian chapter of “Naked States” for HBO.
Patricia Smith MeltonPatricia Smith Melton
Patricia Smith Melton has spent the last decade dedicated to the creation of nonprofit organizations that foster international education and cultural exchange. In 1990 she co-founded The Melton International Education Foundation, which was the earliest large-scale international “experiment” in cross-cultural bonding for young people through the Internet. In 2002, she founded PEACE X PEACE, a nonprofit organization that uses the Internet to support the peace-building work of women locally and globally. She also currently serves as the Director of the Melton Arts Foundation, an organization that supports theaters and theater arts in the Washington, DC area. She is also a poet, playwright and photographer.