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The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo Premieres Tomorrow

April 7, 2008

Tomorrow night, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, a documentary film by Lisa F. Jackson, will premiere at 10 pm on HBO. The film features interviews with survivors of the rapes that have been used as weapon during long years of war in the region, as well as activists, peace-keepers, physicians and others.

As the film website describes it:

Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this extraordinary film shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. During the decade-long brutal war in the DRC, 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.

The HBO site for the film has a trailer, survivor profiles, a discussion area, and other resources.

Note: If you’re in Nashville, you might be interested in tonight’s screening of America the Beautiful at the Belcourt.

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  1. April 8, 2008 5:05 am

    This sounds one to watch. Survivors of rape need admiring for the strength.

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