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“The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”


Dear Editor:
I am writing from Women Make Movies, a non-profit distributor of independent film, to let you know about the upcoming national HBO broadcast premiere of THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO, a groundbreaking documentary that exposes the systematic rape and torture of thousands of women and girls happening in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being used as a weapon of war.
A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy-Award® winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson travels through the DRC to understand what is happening and why.  This award-winning documentary features interviews with activists, physicians, even the indifferent rapists who are soldiers of the Congolese Army.  But the most moving moments of this film come as dozens of survivors recount their stories with pulverizing honesty and detail, providing inspiring examples of resistance, courage and grace.
Women Make Movies is proud to be distributing THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO and we invite you to tune in to the national broadcast premiere, April 8 at 10pm on HBO.
The national broadcast of this powerful documentary offers an unprecedented opportunity to break the silence that surrounds this urgent, serious issue.  THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO also provides a way to discuss violence against women as a global issue, a human rights violation affecting women throughout the world.  We ask for your support in helping us spread the word about the women in the DRC and their all-too-important story.
Here’s how you can help:
» Post a link to the announcement on blog or website
»Tune in to the broadcast premiere on HBO, April 8, 10pm
» Forward this e-mail to listservs, discussion groups, your colleagues and friends
» Learn more about the film 
With the broadcast approaching so quickly, we’re doing all we can to solicit support from as many diverse constituencies as possible. Thank you so much in advance for your attention to this request!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Liza Brice
Online Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
462 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10013
tel 212.925.0606 ext. 317 | fax 212.925.2052 | |

Earlier posts about rape in the Congo are here and here.



7 thoughts on ““The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”

  1. I saw this a couple weeks ago at the Human Rights Watch-sponsored Human Rights Film Festival in London.

    It was powerful and poignant. I highly recommend it.

    I probably don’t need to mention that it could be triggering. It is mostly interviews with survivors and people working with them, which are harrowing enough. However, it does show some photographs (I don’t remember it being that many) of raped women. There are also interviews with some rapists.

    There are some fantastic women in the DRC (and elsewhere) working around this issue.

    See it if you can.

    Posted by Occasional Expositor | April 2, 2008, 8:53 pm
  2. sigh. I read about this movie, (which I support but don’t think I could watch myself, because of the triggers)

    And then I went and read this.

    I know the U.S. is *supposed* to have the highest standard of living and all that…. but sometimes it seems like it might as well be the Congo

    Posted by bannaoj | April 4, 2008, 5:06 pm
  3. This is the first time I really, really wish I had HBO.

    Posted by Holly | April 5, 2008, 11:34 pm
  4. I didn’t know this film had been shown at the Human Rights Festival in London a few months ago. I just wish the UK media would show this film but of course, such issues are not important in mainstream media. No, trivia and sport is more important.

    But the endemic male sexual violence against women in the Congo needs to be raised because it is a global issue not just one of ‘another country out there’ engaged in civil war.

    Posted by jennifer drew | April 6, 2008, 8:33 pm
  5. i read an article on this today and preceeded with my reserch. and came upon this film which i really want to watch. things like this just make me hate men, it happens all over the world, always kept in discreation out of fear. i hate it i hate it, this world is so sick.

    Posted by zoe flood | August 9, 2008, 2:36 am


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