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"Pray The Devil Back To Hell"

I missed this entirely. It's called Pray The Devil Back To Hell and has been in limited release here in New York since November 8th; although it's playing until the 4th of December - this Thursday; so if you, like me, live in New York City and haven't seen it yet, you should.

I've heard nothing but absolutely wonderful things about the film, and I'm looking forward to experiencing it. It played at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the award for Best Documentary.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is described as - the gripping account of a group of brave women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-long civil war. In 2003, Liberia was a country devastated by decades of political dislocation, humanitarian crisis, and street-to-street urban warfare. Charles Taylor, then President of Liberia, had emptied the country's pockets as creatively as any dictator in memory. His ascent to power led to the deaths of thousands of people and a nation in complete ruin. Out of the wreckage, more than 2000 Christian and Muslim women throughout the country began to organize and banded together in an effort to bring an end to the fighting. At great personal risk, they protested creatively and persistently for peace in the worst days of brutal and protracted civil conflict.

According to the film's official website, it only just begun its nationwide theatrical run, and will be traveling through several cities between now and the end of the year, likely to get Academy Award consideration. Check the website for all theatrical listings. It might be coming to your city.

Here's the trailer:


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