Abigail Disney Opens the Nine Network’s Community Cinema Series September 1

The Nine Network Brings Producer Abigail Disney to St. Louis to Screen Film

Pray the Devil Back to Hell at Missouri History Museum


St. Louis, MOAugust 24, 2011—Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney will come to St. Louis on Thursday, September 1 to screen her film Pray the Devil Back to Hell to open the Nine Network’s fifth Community Cinema Series season at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The monthly Community Cinema Series presents documentaries for free and includes a post-screening discussion in keeping with the film’s theme. The screenings start at 7:00 p.m.

Focusing on activists in Liberia who took on dictator Charles Taylor, Pray the Devil Back to Hell explores how women are emerging as leaders for peace in international conflicts. In addition to the Community Cinema screening, the documentary will be broadcast on Nine PBS on October 18 as part of the television series Women, War & Peace. Disney is the executive producer of Women, War & Peace.

The remaining films in the Community Cinema Series come from the weekly documentary television series Independent Lens, which returns to Nine PBS on October 23. The complete list of Community Cinema films follows. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are part of Nine’s Women and Girls Lead initiative.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell * (September 1) tells the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world.

  • Deaf Jam (October 13) focuses on poetry slams for deaf teens in New York City.
  • We Still Live Here (As Nutayuneân) (November 3) explores the unprecedented return of Wampanoag, an American Indian language with no native speakers.
  • Troop 1500 * (December 1) tells how a unique Girl Scout troop bolsters the relationship between imprisoned mothers and their daughters.
  • Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock * (January 12) is a portrait of a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented.
  • More Than a Month (February 2) is a humorous look at an African American filmmaker’s campaign to end Black History Month.
  • Revenge of the Electric Car (March 26) relates the behind-the-scenes story of electric cars’ global resurgence.
  • Hell and Back Again (April 5) presents overlapping portraits of the life of one Marine while on duty in Afghanistan and while recovering from his injuries at home.
  • Strong! * (May 3) follows a woman’s quest to be the strongest female weight lifter in the world.

For more about the Community Cinema Series, visit www.nineNet.org. The Community Cinema Series is made possible by a grant from The Boeing Employees Community Fund.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, ninevoices.org, ninenet.org and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

About the Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum has been active in the St. Louis community since 1866. Founding members established the organization “for the purpose of saving from oblivion the early history of the city and state.” Today, the Missouri History Museum seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of the community; and facilitate solutions to common problems. The Missouri History Museum offers programs and outreach services, including traveling exhibitions; tours; theatrical and musical presentations; programs for school classes and youth groups; family festivals; special events; workshops; and lectures. The Museum is open seven days a week with general admission always free. The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park also operates the Library and Research Center at 225 South Skinker Boulevard near the Washington University campus.

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