Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Pray The Devil Back To Hell



More 4 have just shown the award winning film about the Womens peace movement in Liberia; 'Pray The Devil Back To Hell'.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker, 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell' was produced by Abigail Disney, who is also the co-founder and co-president of the Daphne Foundation.

The documentary tells the story of how women in Liberia joined together to end the civil war. The helped guide the transitional government though the process of demilitarization, worked with ex-child soldiers, oversaw democratic elections, and celebrated the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of an African nation, as the new president of Liberia.

Last year the film opened to rave reviews in more than 80 cities and at film festivals around the world. It has also served as a focal point of events for war survivors and policymakers in conflict zones around the world. 

"When Abby Disney first approached me to direct 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell', I had some trepidation," noted director Reticker. "All the stories coming out of Liberia had been so bleak, the violence against women appalling, the forced conscription of child soldiers heart-wrenching. I wondered if I could immerse myself in that material for the length of time it takes to make a documentary."

"And then, we met Leymah Gbowee, one of the main characters portrayed in the film. All of my trepidation turned instantly into unfettered enthusiasm. I couldn't believe how fortunate I was to be able to tell the extraordinary story of these women who had joined together to bring peace to their devastated country. Their remarkable accomplishment had been virtually ignored by the press and was on its way to being forgotten. Being part of ensuring that their story shines has been an absolute privilege."


Pray the Devil Back to Hell

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