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Pray the Devil Back to Hell
"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 street-to-street urban warfare. Charles Taylor, then President of Liberia, had emptied the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"An object lesson in interfaith cooperation and an instructional manual for people committed to making systemic political change through nonviolent means."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A modest but effective work of documentary uplift."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The movie is clear-eyed and fearless in its recounting of the horrors of civil war, if also somewhat unsettling in demonstrating the power of documentary to desensitize viewers to even the most appalling atrocities."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"[A] moving documentary about the tumultuous recent history of Liberia made by an all-female crew led by director Gini Reticker."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The story of the women's groups -- Christian and Muslim, uniting for the first time in the nation's history -- is unbelievably inspiring."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The film is brief and not especially creative in its storytelling, but nonetheless unforgettable; this remarkable story deserved to be captured on film."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell is at once inspiring and horrific."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A glorious tribute to a bi-partisan sisterhood of Christian and Muslim women fed up with having to raise their children amidst the incessant slaughter, raping and looting of the Liberian civil war."
‑ Kam Williams,
"It's an outstanding story, which makes up for Pray's moviemaking deficiencies."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The film shows that the women's peace movement, propelled by ordinary citizens, changed what was possible in Liberia."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"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."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Pray the Devil uses its brief 72 minutes to tell one of the truly heartening international political stories of recent years."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Although filling the watcher with the same sort of outrage that inspired the women to stand up and be counted, this is, at heart, a testimony to the power of solidarity and sisterhood through a single purpose."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Limitations aside, it's highly stirring stuff."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Inevitably, Reticker's style falls into monotony that works against the material. Ultimately, though, the power of that material overcomes flaws in presentation."
‑ Jay Antani,
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