OVERALL STATS

  • Has screened: in 60+ countries in all 7 continents, in 100+ film festivals, in thousands of venues
  • Translated into nearly 20 languages
  • 35 total awards: 18 awards for the film + 17 awards to filmmakers and activists of Pray the Devil Back to Hell (click here for a full list)
  • 14K+ Home DVDs sold (through Passion River)
  • Has maintained a 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com since 2008
  • Received extensive press coverage in hundreds of articles. Fat Dot served as the film’s publicist from from the Tribeca Film Festival premiere through the semi-theatrical campaign
  • 40+ publications including many academic texts reference the Liberian women’s achievement since the release of the film
  • Peace is Loud, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and spotlighting women who are stepping up for peace and resisting violence in their communities. was founded in 2009 by Abigail Disney based on what she learned from distributing Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Read more about Peace is Loud on its official website.
  • $150K+ in international licensing sales through ro*co films international
  • $130K + in educational licenses and still going strong through ro*co educational (Pray the Devil Back to Hell was ro*co educational’s first title when it launched in 2009)

Chronology:

  • 2007: Fork Films founded to produce Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  • April 2008: Pray the Devil Back to Hell premiered at Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Documentary
  • November 7, 2008 – April 19, 2009: In theatrical release (168 days/ 24 weeks in 40+ U.S. cities)
  • November 2008: Pray the Devil Back to Hell was one out of the 15 films selected for the short list / semi-final round of the nomination process in the Documentary Feature Category for the 81st Academy Awards
  • January 2009: 1st film to ever screen at the World Economic Forum in Davos
  • March-December 2009: Semi-Theatrical Campaign: Global Peace Tour
    • In partnership with Film Sprout
    • Solicited and responded to over 1,200 requests for host-your-own-screening opportunities
    • Over 350 groups hosted public and community screenings
    • Exhibited at least 411 times in 235 American cities, 45 states, and 31 foreign countries
    • Reached at least 31,200 individual viewers in public, campus, or community venues
    • In September 2009, at the peak of the tour, at least 172 individual screenings took place with an average of almost six screenings held somewhere in the world on each day of the month
    • 97% of hosting organizations indicated that the film was either “extremely” or “somewhat” useful in raising awareness for their organization, engaging the broader community about their mission, and bringing in new members
    • 99% said they would use a documentary film again to raise awareness or to instigate activism about a social issue
  • May 2009: Leymah Gbowee presented with the 2009 JFK Profile in Courage Award
  • Autumn 2011: U.S. broadcast as part of the PBS special series Women, War & Peace.
    • 12.5 million people tuned in to the series (all five parts combined)
    • The series was bestowed with several honors including the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor
    • Learn more about Women, War & Peace on its official website
  • November 2011: Leymah Gbowee wins the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2012-2015: The film continues to screen around the world. Also, an ambitious global outreach campaign for Women, War & Peace was launched in partnership with Peace is Loud, and is still ongoing. Women peacebuilders and grassroots organizations in more than 82 countries and 200 partner organization have used the Women, War & Peace films to spark dialogue and action towards bolstering women’s leadership in conflict regions.

If you’re interested in hosting Leymah Gbowee as a speaker at your event, you may submit a request through Peace is Loud.

If you’re interested in learning more about Pray the Devil Back to Hell’s impact and distribution, or to request a copy of our comprehensive impact report, please email us at info@forkfilms.net.