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The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Date: Monday, October 13, 2008
Time: 06:00PM - 08:00PM
Description: Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary, this extraordinary film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson travels through the DRC to understand what is happening and why. Produced in association with HBO Documentary Films and the Fledgling Fund, this film features interviews with activists, peacekeepers, physicians, and even – chillingly – the indifferent rapists who are soldiers of the Congolese Army. Harrowing moments of the film come as dozens of survivors recount their stories with an honesty and immediacy that is pulverizing in its intimacy and detail, but this powerful film also provides inspiring examples of resiliency, resistance, courage and grace. This showing is free and open to the public. Contact the Women and the Law Program at wilp@wcl.american.edu for more information.
Sponsor: Women and International Law Program and the War Crimes Research Office
Location: Room 603
Contact Name: Angie McCarthy
Contact Phone: 202-274-4089
Contact Email: wilp@wcl.american.edu
Posted On: 08/29/08

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