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A film about the unimaginable violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and about the political and social system that casts a blind eye on these atrocities. In a country where women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon of war, Claudia Schmid gives unknown women a voice and reveals how the structures of violence work in all their facets. She spent several months travelling through the country, meeting women in the most remote villages of the rebel territories and winning their trust. In the course of long, intense talks, the women disclose their traumatic experiences for the very first time.

The film represents a shocking and touching microcosm of sexual compulsiveness and violence, power and powerlessness, unconsciousness and the captive nature of tradition.
Genre Human Interest, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2015
Director Claudia Schmid
Cinematography Claudia Schmid
Producer Birgit Schulz
Production Company Bildersturm Filmproduktion
Runtime 90 min
Format Blu-ray, DVD, color, 1:1.78
 Swahili, Mashi, English, French
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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