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Acclaimed Documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell to be Screened at Fisher on October 22


Acclaimed Documentary <i>Pray the Devil Back to Hell</i> to be Screened at Fisher on October 22

The award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell will be shown on October 22 at St. John Fisher College. The 72-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring three members of the Fisher faculty: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies Ruth Harris; Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Marc Papé; and Assistant Professor of Political Science Zachary Shirkey. The event is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department at St. John Fisher College. It begins at 7 p.m. in Basil 135, and is free and open to the public.

In Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Liberian women determined to bring dignity and peace back to their country stand up to Charles Taylor and the warlords, armed only with white t-shirts and courage. Their story has inspired legions of fans during the film's nationwide theatrical run, multiple festival awards, and international screenings.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell's appearance in Rochester continues its mission to bring a discussion about grassroots peace efforts to places big and small. The film opened last year to rave reviews in more than 80 cities and film festivals around the world, and has also been part of events for war survivors and policymakers in conflict zones around the world. In May 2009, the women featured in Pray the Devil Back to Hell were awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for their efforts.

"People who see this film are alternately surprised, startled, amazed and inspired. They immediately want to tell a friend, talk about the ideas in the film, and do something to contribute to peace," says Abigail Disney, producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. "Pray is a case study on how people can band together to take charge of their destiny. What better way to celebrate the UN's international Day of Peace?"

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is directed by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker and produced by Abigail Disney, who is also the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Daphne Foundation. For more information on the film, visit


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