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“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.” Alfred Hitchcock

Inspiration: Four Documentaries Worth Seeing…. Pray The Devil Back To Hell…

Pray The Devil Back To Hell

Directed by Gini Reticker and produced by Abigail Disney, this is a powerful documentary about a dynamic women’s movement in Liberia.  The Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace was organized by social worker Leymah Gbowee, and became a powerful voice to reckon with in a country that had been fractured by war and violence. This documentary presents the enormous effort the peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace made to bring harmony and change to war torn Liberia. The peaceful resistance and brave actions by a group of bold women led to the movement that resulted in the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia. Worth a go see.

“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.” Rod Serling

Inspiration: Four Documentaries Worth Seeing…. YogaWoman….

YogaWoman: Never Underestimate the power of inner peace.

On Thursday, I attended the NYC movie premiere of this timely documentary on the contributions of women to the ever popular and growing yoga movement. It showcases the beginnings of the yoga movement in the USA and how some of the most popular female teachers started their journey. The documentary tells not only their stories, but the movement’s continued growth around the world.

Directed by Kate McIntyre and Saraswati Clere and produced by Michael S. McIntyre (he was also director of photography), Kate and Saraswati, it was filmed in 9 countries and includes the voices/interviews with 50 of the leading female yoga experts. The YogaWoman DVD can be bought on the YogaWoman site which I also added above. Worth a go see.

“I’d like to see a nature film where an eagle swoops down and pulls a fish out of a lake, and then maybe he’s flying along, low to the ground, and the fish pulls a worm out of the ground. Now that’s a documentary.”  Jack Handy

Inspiration: Four Documentaries Worth Seeing… Hannah Hauxwell – An Extraordinary Life

Hannah Hauxwell: An Extraordinary Life DVD

I must say that Patrecia at MissWhiplash introduced me to the exquisite and remarkable story of the life and hard times of Hannah Hauxwell; a now 85 year old woman who was living under trying circumstances and poverty on a beautiful farm in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK.  In 1972, Yorkshire TV made a documentary about her struggles, and then, ITV documented her trials in 1973. Other documentaries followed and Hannah has become quite famous for her adventures.

The Hannah Hauxwell – An Extraordinary Life DVD which I purchased through Amazon UK has the original and first 3 stories of Hannah’s saga;  Too Long A Winter, A Winter Too Many and Innocent Abroad. It was directed/produced by Barry Cockcroft and executive produced by Grant McKee. Worth a go see.

“If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you’re dumb and blind.” Salman Rushdie

Inspiration: Four Documentaries Worth Seeing… The Glow Project…

The Glow Project: The Movie Behind The Project

The GLOW Project movie, created and produced by Stacey Yancey, and executive produced by Kym Yancey, is a documentary featuring “15 prominent corporate achievers and successful entrepreneurs,” all remarkable women ,who share their personal journey to success. Many of them had incredibly challenging lives and their stories serve as an inspiration to the rest of us. The Glow Project also spearheaded a fantastic program that was created to inspire, motivate and empower women.

The initiative/program includes other complementary components that complete the Glow picture of finding ways to support and empower women. They are: The GLOW Project Movie, Community, GLOW Project Live Events, GLOW Project Training Events, and The GLOW Project Philanthropic Initiative. Worth a go see. What are your thoughts? What documentaries have you seen recently? Do you have any special ones you’d like to recommend? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from Plinky: Name a documentary that you think everyone should see.

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: We learn from life and from stories shared by others via documentaries and books… explore the field and share your lessons.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Pray the Devil Back to Hell, via Wikipedia… YogaWoman via YogaWoman TV, Hannah Hauxwell via Amazon, and The Glow Project via The GLOW Project.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

25 Comments leave one →
  1. 20/09/2011 12:40 am

    Another day to celebrate an inspiring post. I will check this books. Thank you for the priceless information…stay blessed always. Your post never fails to create an enriching thought that helps to motivate all of us.

    • 20/09/2011 2:35 am

      TY for your feedback. Some of them have accompanying books ore related books that you may purchase.
      TY and blessings to you too. 🙂

  2. 20/09/2011 12:53 am

    I loved the Documentary BABIES! It made me smile, made me laugh, made me cry, made me think….and I could see myself watching it over and over again! 🙂

    • 20/09/2011 2:36 am

      Oh yes, that was a wonderful one too! Very heartwarming and informative too. TY! 🙂

  3. 20/09/2011 1:17 am

    Oh how I love documentary’s and cannot list one of them right now. Either way I enjoyed stopping by and getting my inspiration today with your video’s.

    • 20/09/2011 2:38 am

      TY! Jackie for your comment. There are many other documentaries out there and I chose these from what I have seen… it is not exhaustive.
      Glad you are inspired by them. 🙂

  4. 20/09/2011 4:48 am

    I recently saw a documentary called “Been rich all my life” about a bunch of showgirls who danced at the Cotton Club and others in New York in the 1930’s. They met up when they were in their 70’s and formed a dance group, and performed for many years. Funny, inspiring, and sad.

    • 20/09/2011 8:47 am

      WoW! What a great story and thanks for the link… I’ve seen a few Cotton Club documentaries but not what you describe. TY! 🙂

  5. 20/09/2011 5:27 am

    I’m very impressed by the topic “Pray The Devil Back To Hell…”!
    many years I taught YOGA to school children aged 6-10 …

    • 20/09/2011 8:48 am

      You did? You have had quite the diverse career…. Did the kids enjoy the classes? TY! 🙂

  6. 20/09/2011 7:35 am

    Fabulous list. I didn’t act fact enough to catch Pray the Devil when it was playing here but I’ll see if I can get it on DVD. Will check into the others as well as the one Narelle mentioned. Thanks, Elizabeth!

    • 20/09/2011 8:50 am

      Yes, they are all on DVD now and that makes it easier to watch anything we want… TY for your comment! 🙂

  7. 20/09/2011 9:51 am

    Looking forward to seeing these! Thanks

    • 22/09/2011 6:30 am

      Enjoy them when you do… They are as informative as they are entertaining. TY! 🙂

  8. Bree permalink
    20/09/2011 11:07 am

    Excellent! I love all the selections and look forward to getting the dvd on Hannah. I love documentaries because they tell human stories and bring people to learn about the real and concrete plight of others.
    I love that you shared these documentaries. Thanks. 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:31 am

      Yes, these documentaries are terrific. Each story is compelling and the message they carry is part of what we need on the journey we call Life.
      TY! 🙂

  9. 20/09/2011 1:54 pm

    Yoga (and other forms of mindfulness) is so valuable to our mental, physical, emotional, and psychological health. Thanks E!

    • 22/09/2011 6:33 am

      Quite true… I’m glad they made a mainstream video that would help people from all walks of life learn more about yoga and learn to appreciate it. 🙂

  10. 20/09/2011 2:28 pm

    Love the Yogawoman trailer! Looks like a beautiful movie – and the others are also great recommendations! 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:35 am

      It was quite fascinating and included a wide range of voices… There were a few minor things but overall it was very well made. TY! 🙂

  11. 20/09/2011 3:38 pm

    Great Stuff Eliz!!! Pray The Devil Back To Hell is one i wish to see soon!!! 🙂

    • 22/09/2011 6:36 am

      Great and they are all available to either buy/rent or watch parts of on YouTube. TY! 🙂

  12. 20/09/2011 9:15 pm

    The selections look great–like watching documentaries. I’ll see if I can order these on netflix.

    • 22/09/2011 6:38 am

      I love documentaries too… I bet you’d be able to get them on Netflix. Of the lot, YogaWoman is the most recent and they have that one for sale on YogaWoman website which I included above. TY! 🙂


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