February 20, 2018
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“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” film shown on Feb. 20 in Belfast

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“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is an award winning documentary capturing the story of women in Liberia who organized a successful peace movement in the midst of a civil war against warlords and the corrupt Charles Taylor regime. The film will be shown on Wednesday, February 20 at 6PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Library. The showing is sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast and the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

As peace talks faced collapse, the women of Liberia- Christian and Muslims united and demanded an end to fighting armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions. Led by Leymah Gbowee, the women organized this grassroots effort and successfully achieved peace through non-violence. The documentary intersperses contemporary interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing peace to their country. Ms. Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for leading the women’s peace movement and bringing an end to the civil war in Liberia in 2003.

Admission to the film is free, although donations will be gladly accepted. A discussion about the film will follow. For more information, contact Cathy at 338-4920.

A brief presentation to introduce the mid coast community to Peace Jam, an international youth organization, will also follow the film. Leymah Gbowee has recently joined the Peace Jam Advisory Board as the 13th Nobel Peace Laureate. Maine Peace Jam is seeking interested youth to become involved in this dynamic program. For more information: HYPERLINK “http://www.peacejam.org” www.peacejam.org or call 589-3451.

Ms. Gbowee is coming to Maine and will deliver the University of Maine School of Law’s second annual Justice for Women Lecture on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Abromson Community Education Center 88 Bedford St. Portland. The event is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, however, registration is required. To register, please call 207-780-4344, or email HYPERLINK “mailto:mainelaw@maine.edu” mainelaw@maine.edu.