Komentatorki Planete+ Doc Film Festival (now: Docs Against Gravity Film Festival) was an event accompanying the exhibition "Women Commentators" organised by the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation in the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. The night screening of the best documentary films made by women, shown and awarded at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival (now: Docs Against Gravity Film Festival) was prepared in collaboration with Against Gravity and Kino.Lab.
Weapon of War, Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen, Netherlands, 2009, 60 min
- Detropia, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, USA, 2012, 90 min
Private Universe, Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2012, 83 min
- Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal, Canada, 2006, 90 min
- Putin’s Kiss, Lise Birk Pedersen, Denmark / Russia, 2012, 85 min
- The Ghosts in our Machine, Liz Marshall, Canada / USA, 2013, 93 min
23 November 2013 (Saturday)
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
ul. Jazdów 2, 00-467
„Weapon of War”, Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen, Netherlands, 2009, 60 min
In no other country has sexual violence matched the scale of brutality reached in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During nearly two decades of conflicts between rebels and government forces, an estimated 150,000 Congolese women and girls fell victim to mass rape. That figure continues to rise. "Weapon of war", an award-winning film honored by Amnesty International, journeys to the heart of this crisis, where we meet its perpetrators. In personal interviews, soldiers and former combatants provide openhearted but shocking testimony about rape in the DRC. Despite differing views on causes or criminal status, all reveal how years of conflict, as well as discrimination against women, have normalized brutal sexual violence. We also see former rapists struggling to change their own or others’ behavior, and reintegrate into their communities.
A companion to FIGHTING THE SILENCE and its portraits of Congolese rape survivors, this indispensable resource provides unique insights into strategic uses of rape as a military weapon - and the motives of the men who employ it.
Selected festivals and awards: Movies That Matter Film Festival, The Netherlands/ International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam/Full Frame Documentary Film Festival/ UNAFF- United Nations Association Film Festival