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Abigail Disney

  • American director
  • Born 1960

Abigail E. Disney (born January 24, 1960) is an American documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and social activist. She produced the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and is the executive producer, writer, and director of The Armor of Light, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary.


The greater good is achieved by not only telling people what they need to know, but also filling them with a sense of empathy and love.




I love everybody. I think my totem animal is a Labrador Retriever.




There's no one on this earth taken less seriously in a leadership context than a young woman - everything is against you.




Combat is a piece of war. But war is a totalizing, uncivilized experience.




Film is the medium for communicating not just ideas, but things of the heart.




The fact is, funnily enough, that the people who seem to be most committed to causes also seem to be least invested in anyone actually talking to each other.




I think if we understand better the impact of war on women and children, we might be more careful about the wars we start.




We have a world minus a whole lot of talent that has stepped out of contention for leadership, only because they don't want to seem too aggressive, too smart, unattractive, or too male.




My advice to female directors is not to wait until you feel like your ideas have been pre-certified or until you think you've gotten some approval for them. Then it's too late! Follow your gut. That's hard to do, but the only way to be original.




Having traveled to parts of the world where war has done its usual nasty work on people's lives, I have come to develop a particular hatred for the shape, the look, the sound of the AK-47.




The hardest thing in the world, I now know, is to hold in your head that it is okay to think that you are right, but not to think so necessarily because everyone who disagrees with you is wrong or stupid or duped or bad.




When you strengthen women, you strengthen the world.




News reports don't look at the land that existed before a war and the land that exists after a war. Reporting on war is a snapshot in time.




When you make your first film at 47 and anybody but your mother goes to see it, to me, that's a miracle.




I've heard people say in the U.N. community among mediators they don't like women as mediators because they're too quick to compromise.




When men talk about war, the stories and terminology vary - it's this battle, these weapons, this terrain. But no matter where you go in the world, women use the same language to speak of war. They speak of fire, they speak of death, and they speak of starvation.




I was a bit of a lost lamb in my twenties, trying to find my higher calling.



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