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Sun, Jun 28, 2009

Nonviolence in Action: Leymah Gbowee and the Women of Liberia

The June 19 episode of Bill Moyer’s Journal features a wonderful video interview with Leymah Gbowee, a woman who led her fellow countrywomen to fight for and win peace in war-torn Liberia, and Abigail Disney, who produced the documentary of their struggle and triumph in the award-winning film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. The interview video (in two parts) is available for download via the video podcast (vodcast). A related slideshow on the role of women in peace movements is also available. The whole film Pray the Devil Back to Hell will be airing in 2010 on PBS as the first part of a groundbreaking four-part Wide Angle series on Women, War and Peace.


Here’s the interview description from the vodcast:
Instructed by a dream and organized in prayer, Leymah Gbowee and thousands of everyday women in Liberia—both Christians and Muslims alike—confronted warlords and a corrupt president to successfully fight for peace and dignity in their war-torn nation. “I realized that every problem we encounter on this journey, I’m going to rise above it and lead these women because they trusted me with their lives and their future,” says Gbowee. Journal guest host Lynn Sherr interviews Leymah Gbowee and Abigail Disney, who documented their inspiring tale in the award-winning film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Lynn Sherr is a long-time broadcast journalist who most recently covered events in Liberia for PBS’ news program, WorldFocus.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 06 28 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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