Liberia / 2008 / 72 min
Genre: Documentary
Director: Gini Reticker

Numerous jury and best documentary awards

This film chronicles the story of courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and mend a shattered country. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement despite stalled peace talks. Pray the Devil Back to Hell honours strength and perseverance. Inspiring, uplifting, and motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism alters history.

Leymah Gebowee (via Skype) is featured in the film and is a social worker and peacebuilding practitioner. She is presently the executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa. As a case worker she worked with the Ministry of Health Displaced Shelter as a counsellor for refugees from September 1995 to March 1996, and the Trauma Programme from May 1998 to March 2003.
She was the Liberian Programme Coordinator for Women in Peacebuilding from December 2001 to December 2005. She also worked as a Commissioner Designate for Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission from February 2004 to October 2005. Ms. Gbowee holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University and is a mother of five.

Greg Queyranne is the co-founder and President of the Centre for African Development and Security, a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic empowerment opportunities in marginalized communities in Africa, with an initial focus on farmers’ and women’s rights in Congo’s South Kivu province. Not long after obtaining his Master’s degree in political science, Greg spent several months in 2010 researching conflicts and traveling throughout Central Africa and the Horn, notably eastern Congo and northern Somalia.

Official Film Website

Community partner: Reel Causes

Screening schedule

*Double bill: The film will be shown directly after the screening of ANA 27 (11:45am)
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL* Sat, Nov 20 about 11:55pm Vancity Theatre