Documentary preps Gbowee’s visit to Maine

Feb 08, 2013
Photo by: Michael Angelo/Wonderland Leymah Gbowee

Belfast — “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” 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, will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The screening 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 Muslim, 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 a grassroots effort and successfully achieved peace through non-violence.

This 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. 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 is free, although donations will be gladly accepted. A discussion about the film will follow. For more information, call 338-4920. A brief presentation to introduce the Midcoast community to Peace Jam, an international youth organization, also will follow the film; Gbowee recently joined the Peace Jam Advisory Board. Maine Peace Jam is seeking interested youth to become involved in this dynamic program. For more information, visit peacejam.org or call 589-3451.

Gbowee is coming to Maine to deliver the University of Maine School of Law’s second annual Justice for Women Lecture Wednesday, March 20, 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; call 780-4344 or send email to mainelaw@maine.edu.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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