Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the 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.


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The team

Gini Reticker is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker. Much of her work has focused on women engaged in struggles for social justice and human rights. Her directorial debut was THE HEART OF THE MATTER, a groundbreaking film about women and HIV that received the Sundance Freedom of Expression Award. In 2004, Reticker was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary short ASYLUM, which portrayed the story of a Ghanaian woman who came to the US seeking political asylum. In 2005, Reticker took home an Emmy for LADIES FIRST, which highlighted the crucial role women played in rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda; and received a second Emmy nomination for producing A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, which celebrates the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema.

In 2006, she joined forces with producer Abigail Disney to direct the renowned PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, which tells the inspirational story of the women of Liberia and their efforts to bring peace to their broken nation after decades of destructive civil war. After winning best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL went on to wide acclaim. Viewed across the US at community screenings, in theaters and on public television, it went on to screen in over 60 countries around the world, and is broadly credited with helping its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, to be named a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011.

Since then, Reticker was an executive producer of a five part series, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, 2011 winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award and The 2011 Television Academy Honors Award. This series was a first-of-its-kind look at the role of women in war in the modern age, not just at victims of conflict but as active agents for peace in their communities.

Other films to Reticker’s credit are: Director, IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN (IFC); Producer/Director, NEW SCHOOL ORDER (PBS); Co-producer on THE BETRAYAL (Nerakhoon), a nominee for both an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award; and Executive Producer on Fork Films’ 1971, ALIAS RUBY BLADE,CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, and SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY.

Reticker is currently producing and directing The Trials of Spring, a multi-media project about the role of Arab women before during and after the revolutions in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. An active supporter of peacebuilding, she is passionate about advancing women's roles in the public sphere. Disney's 20+ films and series focus on social issues, sharing a quality of spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power.

Disney's directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, has been selected for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.

Having grown up in a family of filmmakers, Disney turned to documentaries in 2008, inspired to tell the story of a brave group of women who used nonviolent protests and sex strikes to bring an end to Liberia's long civil war. That film, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents. PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is broadly credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

The extraordinary response to PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL led Disney to work on the five-part special series for PBS, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE. which aired in 2011 and was the winner of the Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor. This first-of-its-kind series created and executive produced by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker looked at the role of women in war in the modern age, not just as victims of conflict, but as active agents for peace in their communities.

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL also led to Disney founding Peace is Loud, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and spotlighting women who are stepping up for peace and resisting violence in their communities. Together, Fork Films and Peace is Loud produced WOMEN, WAR & PEACE screening kits, dubbed into four languages, for use by international grassroots organizations in an ambitious global outreach campaign. To date, over 1,500 screening kits have been shared with 250 partner organizations at 575 screening events reaching 35,000 viewers. Events featuring the films have taken place in 82 countries - reaching all continents, including Antarctica.

Disney has also executive produced films on a wide array of social issues, including 1971, FAMILY AFFAIR, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, THE INVISIBLE WAR (Academy Award Nominee®, Best Documentary Feature), RETURN, and SUN COME UP (Academy Award® Nominee, Best Documentary Short).

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2011

Request Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee to speak at an event through SPEAK Peace.

Leymah Gbowee (pronounced LAY–mah, BEAU-wee) was a 17 year-old girl when the war first came to Monrovia. As she says, she turned, "from a child into an adult in a matter of hours." As the war dragged on, Leymah had difficulty focusing on anything but her thwarted opportunities to go to college, and out of bitterness she dodged any political or social involvement. But as time wore on she came to see that it would be up to the citizens of Liberia, especially its women, to bring the country back from the insanity of civil war. She trained as a trauma counselor and worked with the ex-child soldiers of Taylor's army. The more she worked with them the more she came to see that they were too were victims.

Ms. Gbowee joined the Woman in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) and quickly rose to leadership thanks to her leadership and organizing skills. She brought all the women of the Christian Churches together into a group called the Christian Women's Initiative and began issuing a series of calls for peace. Soon she formed a coalition with the women in the Muslim organizations in Monrovia and eventually Liberian Mass Action for Peace came into being.

Under Leymah's leadership the group managed to force a meeting with Charles Taylor and extract a promise from him to attend peace talks in Ghana. She then led a delegation of Liberian women to Ghana to continue to apply pressure on the warring factions during the peace process.

Ms. Gbowee is the author of her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, a gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world. Mighty Be Our Powers is co-authored buy Carol Mithers, published by Beast Books.

Leymah has spoken publically numerous times on the issue of women in conflict situations. She was a panelist at several regional and international conferences, including UNIFEM's "Women and the Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Repatriation (DDRR) Process," and the United Nations Security Council's Arria Formula Meeting on women, peace, and security.

Leymah has been honored by multiple organizations, most recently with the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize along with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman. She has been awarded the Blue Ribbon for Peace by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and in May 2009 she accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award® on behalf of her countrywomen. A selected list of honors:

  • Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

  • Recipient of the 2010 John Jay Medal for Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • Recipient of 2010 1st Centenary Award presented by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

  • Recipient of the Living Legends Award by by the Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh Day Adventist Church in 2010
  • Recipient of the 2009 Gruber Prize for Women's Rights
  • Recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award
  • Recipient of the Women's eNews 2008 Leaders for the 21st Century Award

She is a member of African Feminist Forum and the African Women’s Leadership Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, and is the Newsweek Daily Beast’s Africa columnist.

A social worker by profession, Leymah has for over ten years been a Case Worker and Peacebuilding Practitioner. As a Case Worker; she worked with the Ministry of Health Displaced Shelter as a Counsellor for refugees from September 1995 to March 1996, LCL/LWF/WS Trauma Programme from May 1998 to March 2003.

Ms. Gbowee is presently the founder and executive director for Women, Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A) a women-focused, women-led Pan-African Non-Governmental Organization with the core mandate to promote women's strategic participation and leadership in peace and security governance in Africa. She holds a MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. She is the mother of six and resides in Accra, Ghana.


Since its festival premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008 (where it won Best Documentary), Pray the Devil Back to Hell has screened in all 7 continents in over 60 countries in thousands of venues for women and men from all walks of life, in major cities as well as remote villages around the world. It has instilled hope and inspired many living in conflict zones and been called required viewing by dignitaries, politicians and leaders of peace keeping forces. The film is broadly credited with helping its lead figure Leymah Gbowee win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Screened In:
  • 60+
  • 7
  • 100+
  • 12.5
  • 35
  • 20
*This was the combined ratings for the entire five part series of Women, War & Peace. Pray the Devil Back to Hell was one of those five parts.

** This includes 18 total awards for the film itself, and 17 awards for the filmmakers and activists of Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Awards & Praise

Film 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
St. Louis International Film Festival,
November 2008

Additional Awards

Series honored by
The Television Academy Honors, March

Outstanding Series
The Gracie Awards, May 2012

Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker,
Leymah Gbowee
Epic Awards
Presented by The White House Project,
April 2008

Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker,
Leymah Gbowee
Global Women's Rights Awards
Presented by Feminist Majority
Foundation, April 2009

Leymah Gbowee & women of Liberia
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage
Presented by the John F. Kennedy
Library Foundation, May 2009

Abigail Disney
Auburn Lives of Commitment Award
Presented by Auburn Theological
Seminary, May 2009

Abigail Disney & Gini Reticker
1st Annual Media Awards
Presented by Women's Media Center,
June 2009

Leymah Gbowee
Gruber Women's Rights Prize
Presented by The Peter and Patricia
Gruber Foundation, June 2009

Leymah Gbowee and the WIPNET
Honoree for Celebrate Africa
Presented by the Liberian Association
of Pennsylvania in collaboration with
the African-American Museum in
Philadelphia, July 2009


Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Is Pray the Devil Back to Hell available in other languages?

For Home DVDs, the film is available with French or Spanish subtitles for an additional cost of $20.

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How can I license footage from Pray the Devil Back to Hell?

Please note that much of the material used in this film was sourced from archival footage licensed from a third party, but we can provide a cue sheet, screener and contact information for the sources. Kindly review our Licensing Policy, which lists contact information and further instructions on how to license clips from Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

How can I book one of the filmmakers for a screening or event?

At this time the filmmakers have begun other projects and are not currently available to travel on behalf of Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

However, if schedule allows, your invitation may be considered, so please feel free to contact Operations Coordinator Hope Carmichael at to inquire about filmmaker or speaker invitations.

Please make sure to include in your inquiry:

– What date(s) are you considering for a screening?
– Is there an honorarium/speakers fee? If yes, what is it?
– Who are you asking to speak, Abigail Disney or Gini Reticker?
– Will you cover all travel expenses including transportation costs and lodging if necessary? If yes, is there someone from your organization/institution that can book the travel & lodging, or should expenses be submitted for reimbursement?
– If neither Abby or Gini can attend, AND there is a speakers fee and travel costs covered, would you be interested in other speakers, such as any women from the film, crew members, or other people who can speak about Liberia, please contact us and we’d be happy to make suggestions.
– Are you screening the film regardless of a speaker attending?

How can I contact the filmmakers or one of the activists in the film directly?

Please write to us with detailed information in regards to your inquiry and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate party. Please keep in mind that they may not be able to personally respond to each request.

What can I do to help the women of Liberia and other peace activists around the world?

Thank you for asking!

Please visit the official site for Peace is Loud, the foundation inspired by Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which is currently being developed to help peace builders across the globe.

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