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A Haunting History

After studying in England, the young and ambitious lawyer Anuol, returns to his homeland South Sudan. Haunted by his own violent past and committed to fighting against human rights violations, he believes that the law will be his only true guide to bring sustainable peace to the country. But his western education clashes with the minds of his fellow countrymen. While Anuol strongly believes in the healing power of justice by convictions, others think it best to lay the past to rest. Desperately trying to convince his countrymen that there is no reconciliation without justice, Anuol finds himself on the verge of a breakdown.

When a new bloody civil war breaks out and Anuol has to flee the same bullets that chased him as a boy, the youngest nation in the world slips deeper into the abyss. Anuol struggles to keep a positive outlook on his new life in South Sudan. Equipped with the story of his inspiring mother, who defied death and war against all odds, he tries to find resolution in a country that tore his life apart. Will Anuol’s ideal of justice ever be fulfilled?

   Duration: 70 minutes

   Spoken language: Dinka, English

   Subtitles: English

   Director: Ilse van Velzen

   Director: Femke van Velzen

   Country: The Netherlands

   Year: 2016

Rick Versteegh

Ilse & Femke van Velzen

Nowhere in the world had sexual violence reached the scale and level of brutality as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Back then, this issue was not getting a lot of international attention so we were motivated to travel to Congo and tell the story to the world in the voice of the Congolese themselves.

TUESDAY
September 27th 2016

20:00
entrance from 19:30

BALCONY
90 armchairs

28
visitors

THEATER
110 seats at tables

94
visitors

Hunters they were, with guns and granates in their hands, looking for their prey. I heard shots everywhere. My mother grabbed me and pulled me into the bushes. Left and right I saw people falling. Houses were on fire, vultures feeding of the dead bodies… The feeling of injustice I felt that moment would determine the course of my life.

Anuol Deng
Barrister

Foto’s door Foto Keetels (fotokeetels.nl)

DVD book – Impact of rape in Congo

The Rape in Congo trilogy looks at sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo from three very different perspectives. The three documentaries included here give a unique insight, as told by Congolese people in a very intimate and personal way.

In Fighting the Silence, victims of sexual explain the devastating consequences of rape on their lives. Weapon of War highlights the perspective of perpetrators in order to better understand the source of the problem. Finally, in Justice for Sale, we put Congo’s legal system on trial as the cause of widespread impunity and corruption where everyone becomes a victim.

The power of film to influence change is something we believe in. We first heard about the problem of sexual violence in Congo when we were filming in a refugee camp on the Angola-Congo border in 2004. During the decades of conflict, possibly hundreds of thousands of women and girls were systematically raped.

Nowhere in the world had sexual violence reached the scale and level of brutality as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Back then, this issue was not getting a lot of international attention so we were motivated to travel to Congo and tell the story to the world in the voice of the Congolese themselves.

After working in the Congo for over 8 years and creating three touching intimate documentaries we decided to combine them in this DVD book full with pictures, stories and the three DVD’s.

Ilse & Femke van Velzen
Producers of the Rape in Congo trilogy

A movie that matters

By | A Haunting History, News

One of the most special documentary evenings we have ever experienced was the Dutch premiere of A Haunting History at the Movies that Matter festival in The Hague. Let’s hope to repeat the magic of that evening in Schijndel in September.

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