It's not a rare thing for me to attend a women's/feminist conference and come out of it in awe of someone I met there. I fan-girl way easy. But last summer I was blown right out of my bobbie socks. I got the chance to hear and meet one of the women who is in "Pray the Devil Back to Hell."
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who – armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions - came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the warlords, and brought peace to their shattered country.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations.
In the midst of a civil war a group of women protested for peace! No Facebook, no Twitter to organize them, yet it happened. I did not see the whole film, but it was enough. Hell, the trailer is moving. The film is being shown in Chicago with a discussion and co-sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women:
Wed., Jan. 14, 2009
5:30-6 p.m. reception
6-8:30 film screening and panel discussion
8:30 VIP reception for VIP-ticketed guests
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
1306 S. Michigan Ave.
I'm not sure if I can make it or not, but if you can, I strongly urge you to get your ticket. You won't be disappointed.