Tonight PBS is beginning to air a documentary series that has integrated social media in their awareness push. The first episode in the WOMEN, WAR & PEACE series, “I Came to Testify” will air tonight, October 11, and viewers can follow @womenwarpeace on Twitter and the Twitter hashtag #wwplive for commentary with series producer, Pam Hogan.
The important series was created by filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney, who spoke about her work at the 2010 Mom 2.0 Summit and at last month’s Social Good Summit 2011. I heard her keynote address at the Mom 2.0 Summit, and she was an impressive and moving speaker who invited influential social media viewers to join as a community of viewers in support of the series. Her amazing 2008 documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, will air next week.
The way that Abigail Disney earnestly asked for help from the blogging community captivated me with her hope that social media will be a powerful instrument of awareness that leads to understanding, solidarity and peace. I’ll be watching tonight, joining the conversation, joining in bearing witness to groundbreaking television, and following the hashtag. I truly hope others do as well. The possibilities are exciting, and sharing this movement as a community of viewers could be a wonderful use of our resources.
I Came to Testify, the first show in the WOMEN, WAR & PEACE series, is airing at 11pm EST tonight on my hometown PBS station. Check your PBS listings and watch the series together on Twitter on Tuesday nights.