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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Leymah Gbowee
Director: Gini Reticker Cast: Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee
, Etweda "Sugars" Cooper
Etweda "Sugars" Cooper
, Vaiba Flomo
Vaiba Flomo
Gini Reticker




Producer/director Gini Reticker (A Decade Under the Influence, Class of 2006) turns her attentions to the topic of peaceful protest by exploring the efforts of Liberian Leymah Gbowee in ridding her government of corruption and paving the way for the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf -- Africa's first elected female head of state. Shortly after Charles Taylor was elected as president of Liberia in 1996, he proved to be a hopelessly corrupt dictator. Opposing warlords from the north were terrorizing, raping, and murdering Liberians by the hundreds of thousands, sparking a bloody civil war, and many speculated that Taylor was quietly supporting them from the sidelines. Gbowee had already lived through one civil war, and the prospect of another was simply too much to bear. Determined to bring peace to her troubled country, Gbowee called on everyday Liberian women from neighboring churches to form the Christian Women's Peace Initiative -- a group dedicated to protesting the war that had claimed 250,000 lives and displaced over a million citizens. The women of the Christian Women's Peace Initiative dressed in white and came out to protest the war by the thousands, even going so far as to surround the building in Ghana where the peace talks were taking place and physically prevent the men from leaving until a deal had been bartered. In addition to proving that peaceful protest could indeed affect change in times of unparalleled strife, the Christian Women's Peace Initiative also helped pave the way for Johnson-Sirleaf to be elected as Liberia's first-ever female president.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2009
UPC: 0844667019926
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Fork Films Llc
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 67,670

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Leymah Gbowee's acceptance speech; John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award ceremony; Leymah Gbowee and Abigail E. Disney's interview with Lynn Sherr on PBS's Bill Moyers journal

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leymah Gbowee Participant
Etweda "Sugars" Cooper Participant
Vaiba Flomo Participant
Asatu Kenneth Participant
Janet Johnson-Bryant Participant
Angelique Kidjo Singer

Technical Credits
Gini Reticker Director
Abigail E. Disney Producer
Johanna Hamilton Co-producer
Kirsten Johnson Cinematographer
Blake Leyh Score Composer
Meg Reticker Editor
Kate Taverna Editor

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