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Abigail Disney founded Peace is Loud in 2009 after producing Pray the Devil Back to Hell and seeing a groundswell of positive responses from viewers. Peace is Loud uses media and live events to amplify voices from the frontlines of peacebuilding to inspire audiences with a sense of what is possible.



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Peace is the Center of Everything

“Voix de la Paix" or "Voices for Peace” is a project within Peace is Loud focused specifically on using Pray the Devil Back to Hell in peace-building in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC has been mired in civil war for the past 15 years, and is considered the deadliest crisis since WWII. Through screenings and workshops, Peace is Loud is encouraging thoughtful discussions on activism and peace-building across the DRC among community leaders, law enforcement, activists, politicians and victims of sexual violence.

Coordinated by Alissa Everett, a renowned documentary photographer and writer as well as the co-founder of the non-profit organization Care Through Action, PRAY has been screened several times in early 2010 in Kinshasa, Goma and Bukavu, in both French and Swahili, provoking compelling discussions on the role of women in the Congolese community, the origins of sexual violence, the potential role of women in peace-building, and the role of men as partners to women in peace.

One specific screening on March 2010 for university students at the Université Protestante au Congo (UPC) in Kinshasa incited reactions such as:

"Since I was a child, I used to say that women were more powerful than men. Most of people never believed me, but now I have confirmed that it is true."

– A female university student in Kinshasa

"I didn't understand that women could fight for peace. It's a big surprise to me."

– Male university student in Kinshasa

"The thing that is really important is that women themselves are the power. These women were not in government... they were nothing."

– Male university student in Kinshasa

"Before this movie I didn't think women could do anything. And now I know they can do something."

– Male university student in Kinshasa

In May 2010, Voix de la Paix took the project one step further, screening Pray the Devil Back to Hell to women leaders and holding two-day workshops in Kinshasa, Goma and Bukavu. Abigail Disney, Leymah Gbowee and Alissa Everett traveled to the DRC to show PRAY to nationally elected government officials, heads of women's associations, church leaders, policewomen, soldiers and activists. It was the first time women leaders across all sectors of society had come together to discuss the state of their country, region and individual lives.

Leymah Gbowee at a workshop in DRC photo by Alissa Everett
Photo by Alissa Everett

The women discussed the strengths and weaknesses of their current women’s movements and created strategies for future growth. They also confronted prejudices within their own communities, as one slender, soft-spoken woman in Kinshasa roared, “You women in civil society: you are doing violence to yourselves. You do not work together. You only look after your own interests. It is not until you stop the war of women on women that you will have any chance of ending the war at all. We must end this conflict and begin to work together!!"

Leymah Gbowee at a workshop in DRC photo by Alissa Everett
Photo by Alissa Everett

Our hope is that these gatherings planted a seed that will take hold and be cultivated by these women. We intend to return for more screenings when the women invite us.