Free Screening of “Pray The Devil Back to Hell” To Kick Off Philadelphia Community Cinema Season

An ITVS Community Cinema Event

Nonviolent Action: From Global Movements to Local Community Organizing Workshop

and Screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
150 N 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

ITVS Community Cinema and WHYY, in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Cares, Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, and Training for Change present two great events to kick off the 2011/2012 ITVS Community Cinema Season.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Audience members can attend one or both events.


Nonviolent Action: From Global Movements to Local Community Organizing Workshop


All over the world– from Egypt to Yugoslavia to Philadelphia nonviolent resistance has been used to effectively intervene in conflict and build peace. Pray the Devil Back to Hell gives us one inspiring example of how nonviolent action changed what seemed like impossible circumstances. In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll explore how and why strategic nonviolence works and help you think about how to apply the lessons from the Liberian movement for peace into your work right at home.

This training is co-sponsored by Training for Change,, and led by Nico Amador and Daniel Hunter, two local activists who have worked with groups such as Casino-Free Philadelphia, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Coalition for Essential Services and Philly RAGE (transgender rights organization).

Seating is extremely limited and pre-registration for this workshop is required.

Screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell
6:30pm-8:00pm (doors open 6pm)

A film by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

Experience, Watch, Listen, Share

Register for the event and invite your friends and family to join!

Leymah Gbowee
, one of the founders and leaders of the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, who is also featured in Pray the Devil Back to Hell, will be a guest on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Thursday, September 15th at 11:00 a.m.

Pray The Devil Back to Hell
is part of the PBS series Women, War and Peace that will air on WHYY-TV this fall. Check listings for more information.

For more information on the film visit


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