PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL: WOMEN WAGING PEACE IN LIBERIA
Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Executive Director, Women Peace and Security Network Africa
Gini Reticker, Director, Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Liberia’s fourteen years of civil war, 1989 to 2003, destroyed the country’s economic and social fabric. At the grassroots level, Liberia’s women contributed to forging peace and allowing the country to begin to rebuild from the ashes of war. The documentary film Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles how Liberian women from different religions and ethnicities united through non-violent resistance, taking on violent warlords and staging a silent protest outside the Presidential Palace in a quest for peace that would alter the course of Liberia’s history. Join us for the first program of our 2011-2012 Women and Global Development Forum series, featuring a screening of the film followed by a discussion with the Liberian leader of the women’s movement for peace and the film's director.
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, based in Accra, Ghana. She is also a founding member and former coordinator of the Women in Peacebuilding Program/West African Network for Peacebuilding. In this capacity, she formed a coalition entitled the Liberian Mass Action for Peace and organized collaborative peacebuilding initiatives for a network of women peacebuilders from nine of Liberia’s fifteen counties. She is featured in Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Her latest book, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
||Gini Reticker is the director of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She presently serves as an executive producer on a new PBS five-part special series, Women, War & Peace that will debut this fall. Many of her films, including A Decade Under the Influence, Out of the Darkness: Women and Depression, and the PBS series “Wide Angle,” have received Emmy Awards. She also produced the Academy Award nominated short Asylum in 2003. Before becoming a producer and director, Reticker worked as an editor on documentary films. She currently serves on the board of Peace Is Loud.
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