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Directed by Fiona Lloyd-Davies

United Kingdom 2013 75 mins.

In a region known as the most dangerous place in the world for women, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one woman shines a beacon of hope to dispel the despair of survivors of rape. Masika Katsuva, herself the victim of multiple rapes, has rescued some 6,000 women and children, and the center she has built provides medical, practical, and psychological help. She also works with them to cultivate crops of maize and beans. This is not just a field to grow food for them to eat; it’s also where they come together to share their experiences, to heal and rebuild their lives, and to plant their seeds of hope. Masika and the women with whom she works are not victims: They are survivors who are reshaping their lives and building a new future. The film also speaks with the perpetrators, among them soldiers from the Congolese army, who give extraordinarily open testimony as to why they rape and their attitudes toward their horrific acts.

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