FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE with Q&A: ‘PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL’
with producer Abigail Disney and star Leymah Roberta Gbowee
*preceded by three short films
May 13, 2011 7:00pm – 9pm, Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar. Her first film was the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their civil war. She is currently producing the mini-series Women, War & Peace for PBS (a co-production of WNET and Fork Films), about the unreported role of women in peace processes around the world. Along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, Abigail co-founded the Daphne Foundation in 1991 and has since played key roles in philanthropy and social activism. She is the Co-President of the Daphne Foundation, and the President of Fork Films.
SATURDAY PEACE ACTION: Global Colors’ “Garbage to Gardens” Program
May 14, 2011, 12pm - 1:30pm, YMWCA of Newark and Vicinity, at 600 Broad Street
Barton Brooks and Global Colors invite you to take direct action for peace in Newark! This Saturday will be the second time Newark Peace Education Summit and Global Colors volunteers have come together for a “Garbage to Gardens” program at the YMWCA of Newark and Vicinity. The first gathering was attended by over 40 residents of the facility on April 23, 2011. The children collected containers that would otherwise be thrown in the trash and planted them with lettuce or flowers. This fun and simple program tied in a number of meaningful messages related to several Newark initiatives: of reusing and recycling. Keeping with the peace with the planet theme, the second gathering will be held on the Saturday of the Summit, outside the Newark YMCA. If you would like to attend, please walk on over! For more about Global Colors, please visit: www.globalcolors.org
Barton Brooks founded Global Colors and continues to run day to day operations. He strongly adheres to the principle that if you think something should be done, well then, figure out a way to just go and do it. My story: I founded Global Colors after years of volunteer work and international travel, starting with a couple of years in London before studying political history and theology in Israel and the Middle East. I developed an insatiable case of wanderlust and explored Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa - and in the process, became acutely aware of the individual needs that plague our world. My story: I founded Global Colors after years of volunteer work and international travel, starting with a couple of years in London before studying political history and theology in Israel and the Middle East. I developed an insatiable case of wanderlust and explored Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa - and in the process, became acutely aware of the individual needs that plague our world. For a complete bio please visit: http://www.globalcolors.org/general/misc/who-is-barton-brooks.html
SCULPTURE AT THE SUMMIT
Dorothy Frankel - artist, peace and animal activist. The bonds between nature and spirit are the threads that weave her sculptures together. Her series of hand sculptures express and embrace the complexities of human relationships. Connections, Love, Peace, Friendship and Compassion are tributes to the inherent emotions that unite and exalt us, show us our commonality, and reveal our intrinsic bonds. Dorothy has created several sculptures to commemorate the Newark Peace Education summit which will be on display at the event. For more about Dorothy Frankel visit: www.dorothyfrankel.com