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Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

Leymah Gbowee , Etweda , Gini Reticker  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leymah Gbowee, Etweda, Sugars, Cooper, Vaiba Flomo
  • Directors: Gini Reticker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002R0HT3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" on IMDb

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Winner of Best Documentary award at Tribeca Film Festival and Official Section of Sundance Film Festival, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.


Uplifting, disheartening, inspiring, enraging... --The New York Times

It's a marvelous documentary detailing how the everyday became extraordinary, how ordinary women in the words of one of them, did the unimaginable. --The Los Angeles Times

Remarkable --Philadelphia Inquirer

Customer Reviews

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating New Film November 12, 2009
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a captivating new film by director Gini
Reticker. It exposes a different story angle for the largely forgotten recent events
of the women of Liberia uniting to bring the end to their nation's civil war.

This film is amazing in the way it captivates your attention from the
earliest frames. It doesn't shy away from showing footage of the violent
events that took place during the Liberian civil war. But the main story
of the film is that of Leymah Gbowee and the other women uniting, despite
their religious differences, to force action on the stalled peace talks in
their country. Using entirely nonviolent methods, not only are the peace
talks successful, but Charles Taylor, the president of Liberia, is forced
into exile leading to the first election of a female head of state in

The women of this film are truly an inspiration and no one can fail to be
moved by the message of hope that comes through clearly in this film.
These are heroes that deserve to be remembered and with Pray the Devil we
are able to do that, gaining both a knowledge of the history we are
ignorant of through archival footage and an understanding of the leaders
of this movement through close-up interviews with the many women who lead

The film also offers a great soundtrack & inspirational song- "Djoyigbe" by Angelique Kidjo & Blake Leyh.

I highly recommend this soul-touching film. Once you watch it, you'll want to share it with your friends because- "PEACE IS LOUD"!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grassroots Activism in Action November 11, 2009
The women of Liberia, in serious of shockingly unknown events, were able to change the face of their nation's government. How? Not with guns. Not with politicians and diplomats. But by employing the ancient Greek techniques of Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Using every technique from sex strikes to striping naked and barricading hallways, the women of Liberia wage a successful campaign to oust their president and resume their country's stalled peace talks.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is sure to inspire anyone who feels they do not have the power to make a change in the world. The women of Liberia united across religious and cultural boundaries in the face of a devastating civil war in order to bring peace to their countries. With these women as examples, no one ever needs to feel they aren't important enough to make a difference. This film has the power to touch hearts and move people to action.

Pray the Devil has also spawned the "Peace is Loud" campaign, which everyone should check out after watching the film [...]. It's a great way to move from inspiration to action.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing true story November 11, 2009
By G. King
This story is a fantastic testament to the power of community organizing, women's empowerment, non-violent peaceful protest, and faith in the face of incredible odds. The women in this film are modern-day saints, inspiring in every way, and the film is very well made. Its re-enactments are almost seamless, and the creative team's handling of the major events in relationship to the intimate stories of suffering and resolve is commendable. It's almost too good to be true to know that it really happened.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Range of emotions December 18, 2009
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I watched this DVD perched on the edge of the chair. At the end of it I felt exhausted and exhilarated. It takes the viewer on a voyage starting with the mind-numbing brutality of Liberia's horrific civil war. Then introduces us to the emergence of the growing sense of empowerment amongst the women of Liberian. We live through the ups and downs of the protests and subtle but steady influence that these brave women had on the psyche of all of those involved in that horrible war. Then we arrive at peace talks in Ghana and I dare you not to stand up and cheer by the end of what would become Liberia's new beginning. I lived in Liberia prior to the civil war and it will always be a part of my heart. My heart has been broken these many years, but seeing this film inspires and dares the viewer to not give up hope. Buy it and you won't be sorry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational documentary June 14, 2010
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An inspiring documentary of how one woman, tired of the endless bloodshed of Liberia's civil war, organized Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent peace movement which finally brought peace to their country. In this documentary, we see Ms. Gbowee progress from a single woman with an idea to a powerful leader who gained the support and respect of world leaders, all the while enduring constant real threats to her safety. Anyone viewing this story can't help but be spiritually transformed, knowing that we all have it in us to make a difference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story mainstream news missed December 20, 2009
By JoDi
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What a shame that none of the news media saw fit to report on these courageous women. Instead we got/get the daily focus on men and their guns.

The story as seen through amateur video and film is compelling and uplifting.
To see how their work continues is even more impressive. Kudos to Abigail Disney and Gina Reticker for unearthing and making this gem.

I recommend this movie wholeheartedly to anyone ready for a thoughtful and uplifting true story.
Film chronicles Liberian women's faith-based peace movement.(IN THE BEGINNING)(Pray the Devil Back to Hell): An article from: National Catholic Reporter
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movie for those wanting to be change agents; especially women.
Published 1 month ago by Simply Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My book club and I will love viewing this film. Thanks for sending it in a timely manner.
Published 2 months ago by womenfor Christ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent documentary, well worth watching.
Published 3 months ago by sandra best
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Documentary
I lived in Liberia BEFORE the Civil War and this gave me such a complete description of the horrific events and the courage of the women responsible for bringing peace to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marilyn C.
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of one plus one
Moving. Impactful. You don't have to be King or Ghandi, just show up and bear witness. Full of bottom line truth. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Corbett Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
There is story is filled with hearts pulsating with passion. Truth and freedom rise above all pain and suffering. GREAT.
Published 5 months ago by Sara Dwyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pray the Devil Back to Hell
I heard Hillary Clinton recommend this and found it to be very interesting about the power of women to effect change.
Published 7 months ago by Carol Mantel
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful documentary, an inspiring story
This is an amazing, inspiring story, about how a committed group of women stood up, told the truth to power, and made a major contribution toward the toppling of a monster. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stuart Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a eye opening movie. It is sad when those in power make such horrible selfish choices. These choices impact a whole area or nation with such a horrific impacting way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by laureen Milazzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Important story, well told
Highly recommend this documentary. You'll learn a lot about Liberia and an extraordinary group of women whose actions made a difference there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BrooklynReader
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