ITVS and Launch Web Site For Enemies of War

January 11, 2001

Contact: Jodi Epstein

ITVS 415-356-8383 x225

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and debut the companion Web site to the documentary ENEMIES OF WAR The television program will be broadcast nationally on PBS on January 18, 2001 at 10:00 pm (Check local listings at

Six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter were assassinated in El Salvador in 1989. The U.S. government appointed Congressman Joseph Moakley to lead an investigation. What he found forced him to question a decade of U.S. policy. Through eyewitness accounts of Americans and Salvadorans, ENEMIES OF WAR unravels the political corruption embedded in El Salvador’s civil war and shows how ordinary people have made extraordinary contributions in the fight for peace.

Web site highlights include:

The People

Meet some of the key figures in the documentary; those directly involved in both the war and the peace process. Watch video clips and read intimate interviews of their accounts.

El Salvador

Learn about the country of El Salvador, from the Spanish conquest, to the pre-war conflicts and volatile political situation, through the ravaging civil war, and the struggles for justice that continue today.


Read an in-depth timeline, tracing the past 20 years of U.S. policy in El Salvador highlighting important military and political events.


View varied perspectives on the conflict in El Salvador from six different individuals, as two congressmen, two priests, an activist and a former ambassador share their thoughts on the civil war and its aftermath.

The Making of the Film

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including the dangerous risks the crew took in shooting the film. Read bios of Director/Producer Esther Cassidy, Field Producer Bill Kavanagh, Executive Producer Deborah Shaffer, Co-Director and Producer Rob Kuhns and Narrator Martin Sheen.


Take part in a discussion about the controversy and confusion surrounding El Salvador’s civil war and the U.S. involvement.


Find information and related resources including publications and videos, as well as links to Web sites on human rights, immigrants’ rights, peace and democracy groups, and organizations active in El Salvador today.