The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Directors/ Producers:
Lisa F. Jackson
Release Date: 2007
Website: TheGreatestSilence.org





Violence against women as a tool of war must end. Working Films, with Women Make Movies and filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, are hosted a strategic summit meeting for The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo. The summit meeting brought together non-profits and NGOs focused on women’s rights, with commitments both in the U.S. and internationally, including the Congo. Together with these partners, we created the outline of a campaign that will allow audiences to bring the film home to their communities and to take action to support justice. 

Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died. And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army.

The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson spent 2006 in the war zones of eastern DRC documenting the tragic plight of women and girls in that country's intractable conflict. She was afforded privileged access to not only the grotesque realities of life in Congo (including interviews with self-confessed rapists) but also to examples of resiliency, resistance, courage and grace.  In The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo these brave women finally speak.

People in Need provides international relief aid and development assistance, with a program in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They offer funding and supplies for the Congolese women’s village clinic and medical dispensary that is documented in The Greatest Silence. Please donate money to People in Need and support women in their recovery.

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