Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 14

photo by Melanie Blanding

Artspace Liberti is proud to present a screening of the documentary, Women In War Zones. Please join us this Saturday, August 14, at 7:00PM for this gripping look into the sexual violence present in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can also learn more about the opportunities available to help bring an end to this crisis.Women in War Zones was primarily created by Philadelphians Scott Blanding, Brad LaBriola and Greg Heller.

Below is a statement about the movie from the creators with links to their website and a YouTube trailer.This movie will directly tie into Artspace Liberti's November/December exhibition of Congo photos by Melanie Blanding.


Some wars make headlines; some do not. In the messy aftermath of the Rwandan civil war,
refugees fled to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). As many as 100,000 of the Interahamwe, a militia partially responsible for the Rwandan genocide, crossed the border to avoid prosecution for acts against humanity. Thousands of women who have been raped and mutilated in the DRC can attest that the momentum to kill and maim is still in full swing despite a peace agreement signed in 2003. Nestled in the hills along the Rwandan border, Panzi Hospital stands as the last hope for many of Congo's victims of sexual violence.

"Women in War Zones" dives intimately into the lives of two young women who become sisters during their time of treatment at Panzi hospital. Helene and Bijo, 22 and 13, support each other in their fight and struggle to maintain hope and a sense of dignity as they come to grips with their violent and tragic past. The women, along with the staff of the hospital, look for hope in each other, God, and the upcoming presidential elections -- the first in over 40 years.


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