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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: This documentary reveals the unpublicized story of how the Christian and Muslim women of Liberia banded together in peaceful protest to stop the Civil War that had plagued, tortured and paralyzed their country since 1989.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: A few greedy, corrupt Liberian men clamoring for money and power, and a massive amount of Liberian women clamoring for peace, community, and a world in which their children don’t have to run from AK47s every day.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Finally a movie that shows the positive ways in which a Church and a Mosque can influence change... Together! These women put their spiritual differences aside to lead by example, showing the men in their world that positive actions of love can be more powerful than violence.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It’s never funny when you’re forced to remember all the reasons why it makes more sense for women to be ruling the world, followed by all the reasons why they’re not.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Especially if you are a woman or a male feminist-- and I don’t mean the kind who just says he is to get laid.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It was short-listed for the Academy Awards, but it’s not going to win for two reasons: 1) the production quality is very low-rent, and 2) they are self-distributing, which means there will be no big company putting dollars behind that all-important Oscar campaign. Hopefully, producer Abigail E. Disney (great-niece of Walt) will realize from her upbringing that they’re counting on her to make it happen.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: These people will make you proud to be a woman. Unless you’re not one, in which case they will give you vagina envy.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Adventuresome is the first word that comes to mind, when you think about the fact that they stood right in the middle of a guerrilla war, pointing cameras at pre-teens holding guns, which are pointed right back at them… The production quality is very “PBS”, but the story is engrossing enough that you won’t care.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Incredible. Inspiring. And it will make you ask yourself what you have done lately to make your world a better place. Think about it. What have you done for “we” lately?

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: Gandhi said that when you try to enact change peacefully there are four reactions you must go through. First they will ignore you. Then they will laugh at you. Then they will try to hurt you. Then they will talk to you. Once you know what to expect, perhaps standing up for change doesn’t have to be so hard.

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