Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Summer 2008) 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,… Unrated PT72M Documentary
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Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Summer 2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Pray the Devil Back to Hell | Women Warriors: The film tells the story of women who fought for peace in Liberia
Women Warriors: The film tells the story of women who fought for peace in Liberia
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 72 Minutes; Genre: Documentary

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+

Originally posted Nov 04, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints