This past Wednesday 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gobowee spoke at Philander Smith college in Little Rock. Powerful, humbling, energizing, Gobowee’s stories of peaceful protest in Liberia reminded those in attendance the importance of waging peace and the power of women coming together.
This week’s Friday Video features a clip from the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the story of Gobowee and many other brave Liberian women who came together to organize against the the civil war. From the filmmaker’synopsis:
“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.”
Created by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, this film is available for classrooms, group discussions, community showings and more. Click here to find all the details, learn about upcoming showings, and to schedule a showing where you are.
You can also watch the film online for free here via PBS’s Women, War, and Peace series.