Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Inspiring Action in the DRC

Peace is Loud received an inspiring report-back from Mrs. Justine Masika Bihamba, the Co-Founder of Synergie de Femmes Pour Les Victimes de Violences Sexuelles (Women’s Synergy for Victims of Sexual Violence) in the DRC. In May and June of this year, the NGO organized 22 screenings of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, featuring Peace is Loud speaker Leymah Gbowee. Approximately 11,095 people, including 6,923 women and 4,172 men, watched  the film and then discussed how it resonates with their own experiences in North Kivu.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is one of five films in the Women, War & Peace documentary series which tells the stories of courageous women working for peace in hotspots around the world. Pray chronicles the story of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, and how leaders like Leymah Gbowee helped to end the civil war through nonviolent action.

Participants left the screenings inspired and ready to implement positive changes. In the post-screening discussions, audience members talked about female leadership, the challenges female leaders face, and what recommendations they have to increase female leadership in their own communities. Recommendations included holding trainings for women running for political office, organizing as many additional screenings as possible of Pray, encouraging both men and women to support female leaders, addressing prejudices and stereotypes, taking nonviolent approaches, increasing awareness of gender-based violence, and ensuring that resolutions and laws on women, peace and security are widely available and accessible.

If you’d like to bring the Women, War & Peace screening to your community, you can request a free DVD set with all five films and a discussion guide by filling out our online form. You can also now request copies of the newly-released The Trials of Spring films here. We look forward to hearing about how these films inspire action in your community!