West African Private Screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell 24th May, 2008
WACSI and the African Women Development Fund co-hosted the West African private screening of "Pray the Devil Back to Hell", a documentary on the extraordinary role Liberian women played in bringing peace to their country at the British Council, Accra, Ghana on the 24th of May at 4:00pm.
The documentary which was filmed by US based Fork Films has been shown to diverse audiences in Bosnia, Isreal, and premiered at the Tribeca film festival in New York to critical acclaim.
About the Documentary
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.
As the rebel noose tightened upon Monrovia, and peace talks faced collapse, the women of Liberia—Christian and Muslims united—formed a thin but unshakable white line between the opposing forces, and successfully demanded an end to the fighting—armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions.
In one remarkable scene, the women barricaded the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and announced they would not move until a deal was done. Faced with eviction, they invoked the most powerful weapon in their arsenal—threatening to remove their clothes. It worked.
The women of Liberia are living proof that moral courage and non-violent resistance can succeed, even where the best efforts of traditional diplomacy have failed.
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell eloquently captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place," wrote Desmond Tutu.
Director: Gini Reticker
Principal Cast: Leymah Gbowee, Etweda "Sugars" Cooper, Vaiba Flomo, Asatu Kenneth, Janet Johnson-Bryant, Etty Weah
Producer: Abigail E. Disney