Pray the Devil Back to Hell, produced by filmmaker, philanthropist and scholar, Abby Disney, is the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war. The women’s efforts made them the recipients of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award™.
The event is being co-sponsored by Nokomis Foundation, the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, Grand Rapids Community College, and the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women.
Disney will tell the story of ordinary women – Muslim and Christian, rich and poor, urban and rural – and how she chose to give voice to the story of their historic, yet unsung, achievement. Her production is a surprisingly touching and even funny narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, archival images and scenes of present-day Liberia to show how the women brought lasting peace to their country.
The film will be shown Monday, April 18 at 5:45 PM at the Gerald R Ford Museum. A time for questions and answers immediately follows the screening.
For more details about this event, contact Christina Arnold, director of GRCC’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, (616) 234-3390.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes in downtown Grand Rapids as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.