Ballantyne Village Theater will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” on Sunday, April 12.

The film recounts how a group of Christian and Muslin women in Liberia pressured their corrupt government and a group of brutal warlords to end a devastating civil war that has raged for decades.

Viewers are introduced to Leymah Gbowee, the determined founder and leader of the Liberian Mass Action for Peace. In a nation where children were being seized and forced into battle, where those who refused were subject to having a hand or leg chopped off, the women staged sit-ins and demonstrations demanding that Liberia’s despotic president, Charles Taylor, negotiate a peace.

Today, the nation founded by freed American slaves is finally beginning to heal, led by Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Taylor now sits in a United Nations prison in The Hague, charged with war crimes.

The documentary runs 72 minutes.

When: 4 p.m.
Where: 14815 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte
Cost: $7.25 / $6.50 for seniors age 55 and over

Individuals or groups can purchase discount tickets by contacting Leon Putman or Kara Batista via e-mail or by phone at 704- 369-5100.

Visit the theater’s Web site for more information.

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