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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL chronicles the story of the Liberian women who came together to end war and bring peace to their country. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war.

Director: Gini Reticker
Year: 2008
Time: 72 min

 Pray the Devil Back to Hell
(2008) on IMDb

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Ways to Influence

Share this film. Give others the chance to learn and be inspired from its story.

Invest your energy and attention in putting women in more positions of power. The National Democratic Institute works on an international basis on numerous female empowerment programs.

Get involved with the Non-Violence Project Foundation to help expand upon their mission. As the women of Liberia demonstrated, non-violence is a very effective and long withstanding way to peace. 

Join Child Soldiers International to put an end to the recruitment of children as agents of war.

Help extend peace throughout the African continent by joining the international community behind the Coalition for Peace in Africa. They offer plenty of ways to get involved.

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“In 2009 I screened the film PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL in Monrovia, Liberia, with a group of Liberian women — young and old — and found myself buoyed by an unconventional story portraying unconventional women in very unconventional circumstances. Two years I am now revisiting the film after it catapulted onto the world stage the life and times of Leymah Gbowee…”

Continue reading on African Arguments.

Documentary Filmmaking as Activism

From October 11 through November 8, PBS has showcased the five-part groundbreaking series Women, War & Peace – an examination of the impact of armed conflict upon the lives of women.

Find out more on The Huffington Post. 

A Local Woman with a Global Platform:

Interview with Laureate Leymah Gbowee

Q and A With Filmmakers Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker

“Inside Thirteen recently spoke with Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, the filmmakers behind PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, which tells the groundbreaking story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and the regime of dictator Charles Taylo, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. Here, Disney and Reticker discuss their inspiration for the film, and the challenges they faced in acquiring footage.”

Africa’s Two Female Presidents Join Forces for Women

Both Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  and Malawian President Joyce Banda have long championed women’s rights. And on Apr. 29 in Monrovia, two years into what the African Union (AU) has declared the “Women’s Decade”, they pledged to work together to accelerate those efforts.

Find out more here. 

Ebola: ‘I have lost everybody’

Joe Shute reports from Liberia, the epicentre of the world’s worst Ebola epidemic.

“The management of natural resources in Liberia comes with risks as well as opportunities.”

Find out more here.

The Slow Path to Peace and Reconciliation

“’To achieve peace in Liberia, we Liberians must promote it and if Liberians must have peace, it needs Liberians’ full cooperation. My part as a Liberian is to promote peace through football’.

It’s been ten years since the end of the civil war in Liberia. The country is still fragile, struggling with economic difficulties. Now a reconciliation plan has been launched, fronted by soccer star George Weah.”

Read the full article on DW.


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