Jeanine Butler, Producer / Writer, Catherine Butler, Line Producer                                 Win with Women - The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs                  A butlerfilms Production,    2005 - 2006

In this powerful short documentary, “Building Bridges” shares inspiring first person accounts of a small group of remarkable Bosnian women who are working together reclaim the peace after years of devastating warfare. 

Narrated by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, “Bridges” recounts the story of the women behind the Mostar Women’s Citizen Initiative, and how their disciplined and sustained advocacy efforts produced a new law protecting women and families.

 Through friendship, courage and common purpose, the women find they are changing an entire community, discovering their own inner strength and protecting a future that they came so close to losing. 

This 10-minute short premiered at the 2006 Madeleine K. Albright “Win with Women” Awards Luncheon, and was featured at the 2006 Sarajevo and Prague Film Festivals, and on Current TV’s online “Seeds of Tolerance” website.

NDI has worked with Butler films on two occasions, for the production of Building Bridges in 2006 and Voices Rising: Women of the Middle East and North Africa Working for Change in 2007. Butler Films produces work of an exceptional quality and is, by far, the best team we have worked with. Building Bridges, a film about women bridging the multi-ethnic divide in Bosnia-Herzegovina which features former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, has been accepted into numerous national and international film festivals in the past year and a half.

Kristin Haffert, Director, Women’s Programs, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

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