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Amnesty Int'l & REEL CAUSES present: Pray The Devil Back To Hell!

On November 20th, REEL CAUSES is collaborating with Amnesty International Film Festival To present to you one of last year's best documentaries: "Pray The Devil Back To Hell".

REEL CAUSES share of ticket sales will be donated to Downtown Eastside Women in Vancouver.

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[11]
* Recipient of the 2009 Gruber Prize for Women's Rights
* Recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.[12]
* Recipient of the 2008 Leaders for the 21st Century Award[13]
* 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

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  • Mohamed I.

    Thank you for everyone who came and supported the event, it was really an eye opener!
    The Link for Leymah's organization is http://www.wipsen-africa.org/wipsen/
    See you at REEL CAUSE's next event December 7th!

    November 23, 2010

  • Tal

    the movie was inspiring

    the Skype session was great.

    November 21, 2010

  • Mike S.

    Great film and special Skype session afterwards!

    November 21, 2010

  • Liliane K.

    Venue . Cause. Presentation and Film were excellent. It is a good idea which time has come. Thanks Ehab, and all other volunteers for doing it so well. Liliane

    November 21, 2010

  • Sarah C.

    This was truly an AMAZING experience. Especially the skype q&a. Wow. Blew my mind.

    November 21, 2010

  • Cherie

    Very inspiring, excellent movie.
    Hope you have much sucess Mohamed...thank you as always!

    November 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Mohamed, for organizing this fantastic event. It was great to see such an inspirational movie about how when women of all backgrounds and beliefs can come together, they can make a big change in a war-stricken country such as Liberia.

    November 20, 2010

  • Mohamed I.

    After the movie for those of you who want to join we will be going to The Corner Restaurant/Pub. I made a booking for our group. http://www.vancouvercorner.com/

    November 19, 2010

  • Mohamed I.

    Make sure you buy your ticket from REEL CAUSES desk, which will be donated to Downtown Eastside Women's Center. Representative will be there.
    www.dewc.ca

    November 18, 2010

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