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Liberia

Between War and Peace.(Life; 4)

Commencing in the late 1980's over half of the population of Liberia fled their homes in terror during a long and bloody civil war. After 14 years of anarchy, the international community has arrived in force in an attempt to stabilize the country. Many see this as Liberia's last chance. This program reports on Liberia's attempts to find a way of engaging the combatants (many of them children) in rebuilding their country -- to sustain the peace. 2005. 23 min.
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Iron Ladies of Liberia (Why Democracry? Series)

On January 16, 2006, after fourteen years of civil war, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President of Liberia. Her campaign navigated a hotly-contested election, which she won with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia. As the first elected female head of state in Africa, she has appointed other extraordinary women to leadership positions in all areas of government, including the Police Chief and the Ministers of Justice, Commerce, and Finance. With unprecedented access, this film chronicles her historic first year in office.

Liberia, Arming the Peace Process (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 5)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Profiles the work of ECOMOG, which West African neighbors of Liberia have sent to help stabilize the country. After a dismal start, the Nigerian-led ECOMOG has been getting the job done. In this film General Malu, leader of ECOMOG, talks about Nigeria's role in rebuilding Liberia. 1997. 26 min.

Liberia: A Fragile Peace

Tells the history of Liberia and a war weary people's struggle to rebuild their nation after fourteen years of civil war. Focuses on the period from the departure of [dictator] Charles Taylor to the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African woman head of state, and the difficulties of rehabilitating a nation destroyed by war. A film by Steven Ross. 2005. 60 min.
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Liberia: An Uncivil War

Provides an in-depth case study of one of the many brutal civil wars that have sprung up across Africa. It is also an exciting example of war-time journalism--harrowing reporting with bullets ricocheting just feet from the camera--placed in a historical context stretching back nearly two hundred years. Reporter Jonathan Stack is besieged in the Liberian capital of Monrovia where President Charles Taylor says he will not leave until peacekeepers are in place.

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. Through interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia, recounts the experiences and memories of these women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

Returning Dreams. (Life; 4)

Fourteen-year old Jemoh has been living in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone for three years. This program follows her on her return journey home to Liberia, and the mixed picture she finds there. Jemoh is just one of millions of children caught up in the world's conflicts. Some are forced to fight and kill; others are used as slaves and "wives." Those that do survive are left brutalized and traumatized. How, this program asks, can these children be rehabilitated who have gone through such experiences? Directed by Emily Marlow. 2005. 23 min.

The Liberia Tragedy

A documentary which examines the recent political history of Liberia, from the 1980 military coup led by Samuel Doe to the l989 rebellion which ousted him from power and led to civil war. The film features extensive archival footage and interviews with Liberian journalists and former government officials, rebel leader Charles Taylor, and the U.S. Asst. Secretary of State for African Affairs. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1991. 59 min.

The Word Universe: A Journey to West Africa

An American travels to West Africa in search of his refugee friend. This human rights documentary -- featuring music by Bob Marley -- takes us on a journey to the edge of the shattered nation of Libera. 1995. 91 min.