Award-winning documentary on Liberian peace movement to be screened here

Sep 14, 2009


A free screening of "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," a documentary on the 2003 women's peace movement in Liberia, will be shown Sept. 24 at Delaware Valley College.


          The film is being brought to campus by Prof. Reginald Hoyt, who founded Forest Partners International,, which works in Liberia and other poor nations to preserve natural areas.


The film, by directors Abby Disney and Gini Reticker, focuses on a group of women who risked their lives during a time of civil war and helped bring about the fall of dictator Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state.


In one remarkable scene, the women (Muslim and Christian) barricade the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and announce 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 film ( premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008 and won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary.


Hoyt will give an introductory lecture prior to the viewing and afterward will lead a discussion.


The screening is from 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Mandell Science Building, Room 114. It is free and open to the public. It is part of a series of coordinated worldwide events taking place this fall during the Global Peace Tour, a celebration of the United Nations' International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.