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Women Fight for Peace

Bill Moyers Journal

Leymah GboweeThis episode of Bill Moyers Journal profiles 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 documentary film 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell'.


Type of video resource: Television program
Program title: Bill Moyers Journal
Episode number: 46
Episode title: Women Fight for Peace
Original air date: June 19, 2009
Length: Part 1 - 23:52, Part 2 - 29:17 (Total - 53:09)

Detailed description: 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.

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This program was created by WGBH in Boston for PBS - Public Broadcasting System.

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