Owen Gleiberman
November 05, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
72 minutes
director
Virginia Reticker
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

In 1997, the former warlord Charles Taylor became president of Liberia, unleashing one of those ”civil wars” that’s really a euphemism for chaos, mass murder, an end of civilization. More than 250,000 were killed, but the cycle of slaughter was faced down by a cadre of women who launched a Gandhi-esque crusade — and lo, it worked. Gini Reticker’s simply made, affecting documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell reveals how these heroic ordinary women prodded the factions to peace and literally brought down Taylor, a leader of sociopathic cruelty. B+

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