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 an 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.
Since its festival premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008 (winning Best Documentary), PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL has screened in all 7 continents in over 60 countries, over 100 festivals, and has had theatrical bookings in over 40 cities in the U.S. It was the first film to ever screen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and has been bestowed with over 20 awards, and is broadly credited with helping its lead figure Leymah Gbowee win a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. It also has maintained a 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
WHAT CRITICS SAID
“Eloquently captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place.”
— Desmond Tutu, Winner 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
“I was very moved. I think PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL can educate and maybe prevent other countries from slipping into the kind of chaos that my country experienced. It’s going to make a major contribution.”
— President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“The movie, for me, was about much more than the tragic, and then ultimately uplifting events in Liberia. It was about the power of ordinary people to intervene in their own fate…Leymah Gbowee…should be a lesson to all of us.”
— New York Times (op-ed column)
— Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best selling author
“PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is inspiring, it is exciting and it is riveting storytelling. And, I know from my own experiences in Liberia, that it is brilliantly real. The women in this story are a model for all of us and Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker’s tour de force left me full of hope and optimism.”
— Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan