Thursday, January 8, 2009

"The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo"

Lisa F. Jackson is a veteran film maker who travelled to DR Congo in 2007 to interview women survivors of sexual violence.

The documentary that came out of this endeavor, "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo", won Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and has since garnered other prestigous awards worldwide.

Flying on frequent flier miles and carrying her own camera, Lisa arranged to travel with UN convoy into war-torn, northeast Congo, where unspeakable atrocities against women and children still continue today. There she filmed the chilling stories of women survivors of sexual violence, many of whom spoke publically for the first time. She also interviewed their rapists, some members of the Congolese national army, who believe rape is patriotic and a priviledge given to soldiers.

This film will take your breath away. Sometimes almost too painful to watch, you are nonetheless left awed by the resilient spirit of these long-suffering women and children. Raising awareness of this deplorable situation through the lens of compassion is this film's genius and Lisa's gift to Congo. A must-see.

To read more about Lisa

To buy this film

With love and gratitude,

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