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Documentary Film Series Speaks of the Devil

The Oklahoma City University Documentary Film Series continues at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kerr McGee Auditorium with Gini Reticker’s “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”

The series is free to the public and is sponsored by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund. The auditorium is in Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is about Liberian women who organized a non-violent resistance movement to gain their human rights. Their demonstrations culminated in the exile of Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female head of state.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu said the film “Eloquently captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place.”

The 13th-annual documentary series is themed “Against Forgetting” and is named after a poetry anthology put together by Carolyn Forche, who is visiting OCU today. The collection of poems was written by people who have endured through major tragedies.

Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature at OCU, said the three documentaries were selected with the purpose of shedding light on some of the most difficult problems in the modern world.

“Our situations in America might seem hard to manage under a tough economy and political bickering, but people in other parts of the world are experiencing so much worse, with mankind deserving much of the blame,” Winn said. “These films will show the hardships of people in heavily populated Chinese regions, military violence against a native group in Guatemala and women struggling for their rights in Liberia. Hopefully, after seeing these films the audience will be moved to ask themselves what they should do to help those in need.”

For more information call Winn at (405) 208-5472, e-mail him at or visit