Pray the Devil Back to Hell

On Monday night, I attended a viewing of the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  The movie, which won Best Documentary at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, is an emotional and empowering piece about the Liberian civil war and a group of women who came together to advocate for peace. The peace movement brings Christian and Muslim women together to support a common cause. Led by Leymah Gbowee, the women are successful in pressuring the Liberian government to attend peace talks. When the peace talks are stalled, the women stage a protest until an agreement is made.

These women mobilized and brought positive change to their country. As a result of their actions, peace was achieved and the first female president in Africa, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected.

This documentary so epitomizes the famous quote by Margaret Mead that states, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   

I loved the song “Djoyigbe” that played during the end credits. It is a beautiful song that was written by Blake Leyh and Angelique Kidjo.  Listen here.

I hope that what these women have done for their country is never forgotten.  Other women should look to them for inspiration and realize that change is possible- whether on a small scale or a big one.

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