Tickets are only 7$ at the door. REEL CAUSES tickets will be sold at the door at the REEL CAUSES desk,or in advance through the organizer.( Email me-Mohamed-if you want to buy your ticket in advance)
REEL CAUSES has managed to bring to you The Leader of the Liberian group of women - Leymah Gbowee-, on which the film was made.
Leymah GBowee will conduct a Q& A session after the film by Skype from GHANA, to answer all your questions.
Leymah is an international role model for women's activism and recipient of many awards for her work.
* Recipient of the 2010 John Jay Medal for Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice * Recipient of the 2009 Gruber Prize for Women's Rights * Recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. * Recipient of the 2008 Leaders for the 21st Century Award * Recipient of the 2007 Blue Ribbon for Peace from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University * Recipient of the 2010 Joli Humanitarian Award from Riverdale Country School
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.
Their demonstrations culminated in the exile of Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state, and marked the vanguard of a new wave of women taking control of their political destiny around the world.
This remarkable chapter of world history was on its way to being lost forever. The Liberian war and peace movement were largely ignored as the international press focused on Iraq. Moreover, the women's own modesty helped obscure this great accomplishment.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations.
Short Listed for last year's Oscar Best documentary feature , along with all those awards:
Best Documentary Feature Tribeca Film Festival, April 2008
Cowboy Award Winner – Audience Choice Award Jackson Hole Film Festival, June 2008
Witness Award Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Film Festival, June 2008
Special Jury Prize for Non-Fiction Filmmaking Traverse City Film Festival, August 2008
Crystal Heart Award for Best Documentary Feature Heartland Film Festival, October 2008
Best Documentary in the Interfaith Category St. Louis International Film Festival, November 2008
My Media Award The 4th Annual MY HERO Film Festival, November 2008
"Blessed Are the Peacemakers" Awards presented by U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches (WCC), December 2008
Jury Award / Best Film Award (won jointly by "Pray The Devil Back to Hell" and "The Sari Soldiers") Tri Continental Film Festival, January 2009
Best of the Fest Selection Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 2009
Social Justice Award for Documentary Film Santa Barbara International Film Festival, February 2009
The Cinema for Peace Award for Justice Cinema for Peace, February 2009
Rudolf Vrba Award in the Right to Know Competition One World International Human Rights Festival, Prague, March 2009
Best of Fest Women's Film Festival, Benefit for the Women's Crisis Center in Brattleboro, Vermont, March 2009
Wilbur Award Best Film Documentary, March 2009
Golden Butterfly Movies That Matter Festival, April 2009
Ndinadsawapanga award I Will Tell Festival, May 2009
Gabriel Award presented by The Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, August 2009