Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)



Critic Consensus: This political documentary about protests during the Liberian Civil War is an uplifting celebration of the capacity of everyday people to affect great change.

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"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" is 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. The women's historic achievement finds its voice in a narrative that intersperses interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the memories of a few of the women who were there. In 2003, Liberia was a country devastated by decades of political dislocation, humanitarian crisis, and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Nov 10, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Pray the Devil Back to Hell

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

An object lesson in interfaith cooperation and an instructional manual for people committed to making systemic political change through nonviolent means.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is brief and not especially creative in its storytelling, but nonetheless unforgettable; this remarkable story deserved to be captured on film.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
Seattle Times
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This illuminating film by director Gini Reticker and producer Abigail Disney is a much-needed attempt to put the spotlight on a moment of history that still inspires.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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A modest but effective work of documentary uplift.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Boston Globe
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Pray the Devil Back to Hell is at once inspiring and horrific.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pray the Devil uses its brief 72 minutes to tell one of the truly heartening international political stories of recent years.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Pray the Devil Back to Hell


No, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" is not the title of Wes Craven's latest film. Rather, it is a documentary where the horrors are all too real in the brutal Liberian Civil War, started in 1989 to oust tyrannical President Charles Taylor by force. Both sides commit atrocities which include the raping of women and conscripting of child soldiers. Tired of suffering and watching their children die of malnutrition, in 2003 the women of Liberia organize the Christian Women's Peace Initiative, joining with Muslim women in a momentous display of unity. They practice peaceful protests to get the attention of Taylor. After that, the women deploy their own nuclear option, a sex strike to further get the attention of the men who they feel are guilty by either commission or omission. These actions eventually lead to Taylor going into exile and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected as president in Africa. In the end, while the documentary may occasionally lose its focus, it never loses its power in showing a bad peace can be better than a war.

Walter M.

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Whoa, I swear everything means just a little bit more now that I'm a parent. This is a stirring account of war and peace.

Xander Kennedy

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