Posted 22 Sep 2011
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 invite the public to a free screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell as part of Community Cinema Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country in 2003. 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 countrys civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks.
Directed by Gini Reticker and produced by Abigail E. Disney, Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the demonstration through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia and demonstrates how grassroots activism can affect change.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell belongs to the five-part PBS television series Women, War & Peace, that challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are mens domain. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, Women, War & Peace is a co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films.
The screening will be held at Roosevelt Thompson Library, located at 38 Rahling Circle in Little Rock. A community discussion with Sarah Beth Estes, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of gender studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will be held following the screening. Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting www.aetn.org/engage.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
The mission of UALR Public Radio is to deepen insight into the human experience, empower decision-making and enrich the lives of those we serve through quality news and cultural programs. UALR Public Radio operates two radio stations in Little RockKUAR FM 89.1, which broadcasts news, jazz and cultural programs including national programming from NPR, and KLRE 90.5, which broadcasts classical music.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansass statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).