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Firestone and the Warlord

Firestone and the Warlord reveals how the American tire company Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war, piecing together how the stories of Charles Taylor (the American-educated war criminal notorious for his use of child soldiers) and Firestone (Liberia's largest single employer) intersected in fateful ways between 1989 and 1992. The investigation uncovers the details of the deal Firestone struck with the warlord-how it channeled millions of dollars to Taylor in exchange for being able to operate-money that, in his own words, provided the "financial assistance that we needed for the revolution," and how Taylor turned the plantation into a rebel base that he used to wage war. With all eyes on Liberia as the country battles the worst Ebola outbreak in record [...]
2016; 2014

Bill Moyers Journal: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Leymah Gbowee was born and raised in Liberia. She inspired and united her countrywomen to march with her against a dictator and restore the rule of law to their country. And her riveting story has been captured in an award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. In this edition of the Journal, guest host Lynn Sherr, Liberia correspondent for Worldfocus, interviews activist Leymah Gbowee and the filmmaker, Abigail Disney, who recorded her incredibly effective campaign of nonviolence.
2016; 2009

Firestone and the Warlord

Frontline and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war.
2015; 2014
Clemons (Stacks)

In the Shadow of Ebola [electronic resource]: A Liberian Family's Story

In The Shadow of Ebola is an intimate story of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak. The film follows a Liberian student and his family living divided between the United States and Monrovia, who open our eyes to the ripple effects the outbreak is having on Liberians living through this crisis-including famine and threatened social unrest. Caught in an invisible war that is painfully reminiscent of the chaos and confusion they lived through during a fourteen-year civil war, a family and a people find the compassion and inner resolve to combat the virus's spread.

The Redemption of General Butt Naked [electronic resource]

Joshua Milton Blahyi, aka General Butt Naked, was a ruthless and feared warlord during Liberia's 14-year civil war. Today, he has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist on a journey of self-proclaimed transformation. Blahyi travels the nation of Liberia as a preacher, seeking out those he once victimized in search of an uncertain forgiveness. But in the end, are some crimes beyond the pale of forgiveness?

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a bloody civil war, violent warlords and a corrupt Charles Taylor regime. Includes interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

Rosevelt's America - a Refugee's Inspiring Journey to Build a New Life for His Family

After being tortured and narrowly escaping execution during Liberia s civil war, Rosevelt Henderson makes his way to America to start his life over again in a strange country. He brings his three children with him but is forced to leave his pregnant wife behind. Although Rosevelt was trained as a civil engineer, he doesn t hesitate to work day and night as a janitor, airport van driver, and assembly line worker in order to support his family. Eventually his perseverance pays off, and he is reunited with his wife who quickly gets a job as a nurse s aide. After years of struggle and deprivation, Rosevelt and his family are finally able to enjoy the prosperity and freedom that drew them to this country.

Liberia [electronic resource]: A Fragile Peace

With the departure of the despotic Charles Taylor in 2003, the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces, and the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2005, Liberia was ready to begin the arduous task of creating a viable economic and social infrastructure. How does a nation mired in years of anarchy establish itself in the modern world? Is it possible to find administrators who will be dedicated to government accountability and transparency? In examining Liberia's attempts to abide by the four provisions of the UN's initiative - to disarm, demobilize, rehabilitate, and reintegrate - this program provides a case study in the difficulty of rebuilding a society once it has lapsed into anarchy.

Liberia [electronic resource]: An Uncivil War

Reporter Jonathan Stack is besieged in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, where president Charles Taylor has just been indicted on 17 counts of crimes against humanity by the United Nations. James Barbazon is traveling with the LURD rebel army, which has pledged to pillage the country until Taylor steps down. In documenting the end of Taylor's regime, the two journalists provide insights from both sides of the conflict to create an in-depth case study of one of Africa's most brutal civil wars.

Diplomacy and the Resolution of Civil Wars in Africa: Liberia as a Case Study

Dr. Robinson examined a number of situations in which diplomacy was used in resolving conflicts in African countries with special emphasis on Liberia. He emphasized that Africa contains 54 separate sovereign nations with different problems and that the continent should not be viewed as a single country.
Ivy (By Request)

Liberia: America's Stepchild

From Haitian slave revolts and the American Colonization Society to the 1997 election of Charles Taylor to the presidency and his corrupt administration, this program looks at events leading up the founding of Liberia and its history up through the twentieth century.
Ivy (By Request)

Liberia, the Promised Land [electronic resource]

Provides an exposé of the long involvement of the U.S. in Liberia, and the events which led to the downfall of this once promising nation. Original footage and interviews document the rise and fall of successive cruel dictatorships propped up by America.

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Liberian Locomotive, 1986

Locomotive in Liberia carrying raw Iron ore from mine

The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: Liberians Use Scraps of Rubber, 1986

Liberians use the leftovers from the rubber industry to make basic necessities for themselves.