"They Said If My Parents Didn't Give Them Money They Would Rape Me"

It was difficult to decide what to clip from last night's television premiere of the film The Greatest Silence, which documents the years-long epidemic of rape in the Congo. There were the dozens of adult victims...the rapists themselves...and of course, filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, who, according to at least one female critic, shouldn't have inserted her own experiences into her cinematic story. (Whatever, lady.) In the end, we decided to focus on the following: Maj. Honorine Mungole, a one-woman SVU unit who investigates the despicable crimes; 12-year-old Safi — who was raped last year after soldiers entered her home to loot it; and Mathilde, 4, a large-eyed moppet who was assaulted by a man in her village. (A full HBO screening schedule for the film can be found here.)

The Greatest Silence: Rape In The Congo [HBO]

Related: The Greatest Silence Official Site The Greatest Silence: Rape In The Congo [Women Make Movies]


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I have to see this movie and make the additional investment of a box of tissues. This will be so hard, but is so necessary to watch. One will forgive my ignorance, but is there a genocide element to the rapes in Congo (as in Darfur: to prevent the continuation of ethnic Africans in Sudan) or is it "simply" a tactic of war used to terrify and demoralize?