Free Film Screening of Iron Ladies of Liberia

ITVS Community Cinema presents the West Hollywood Premiere of Iron Ladies of Liberia by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher and Jonathan Stack. She's a Harvard-educated grandmother of eight, has served time in jail for her political beliefs, is a former employee of the World Bank and the first elected female president of Africa - watch Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her predominantly female Cabinet as they lead Liberia.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA


  • 7 PM - Coffee and Dessert Reception
  • 7:30 PM - Film Screening
  • Panel discussion to follow film on the current state of Liberia and the role of women in politics

She's already overcome tremendous obstacles to become the first woman ever elected president in Africa—now all she has to do is turn around Liberia -- a country devastated by unemployment,
debt, corruption, and the legacy of civil war.

Follow Ellen Johnson Sirleaf through her first year in office as she faces angry mobs, ambitious poll rivals, and high-ranking members of the international community. Her story is inspiring a new generation of leaders in Africa and around the world.

Iron Ladies of Liberia follows leaders in the Johnson Sirleaf administration such as Beatrice Munah Sieh, the newly appointed national police chief. A former deputy chief in Liberia’s police force, Sieh survived an assassination attempt allegedly ordered by her boss and worked as a special education teacher in New Jersey for 10 years. As the national police chief, Sieh must maintain order while heading an institution known more for its corruption and repressive tactics than public service.

The film also follows Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, the minister of finance, as she battles a crippling national debt of over five billion dollars and a notoriously corrupt staff. As Dr. Sayeh says, “Women have not been, to the same extent as men, party to all of the bad things of the past. They certainly were very strong voices against the atrocities in Liberia in the war, and they fought very, very hard to make sure that the democratic process worked this time around. And so, this is our biggest opportunity to change Liberia.”

Other “iron ladies” seen throughout the film include Minister of Justice Francis Johnson-Morris, Commerce Minister Olubanke King Akerele and Minister of Gender Vabah Kazaku Gayflor. How would the world be different if women were in the seat of power? As Iron Ladies of Liberia illustrates, they already are.

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Iron Ladies of Liberia was produced by Henry Ansbacher and Jonathan Stack. The Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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