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Seeds of Hope: Trailer

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Published on Sep 20, 2013

Learn more about this project and film: http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/af...

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 women survivors of rape.

Masika Katsuva, herself the victim of multiple rapes, has rescued some 6,000 women and children. The center she 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 where they come together, sharing their experiences, helping them to heal and rebuild their lives, as they plant their seeds of hope.

In this searing film we also meet the perpetrators of rape, among them soldiers from the Congolese army. These men give extraordinarily open testimony as to why they rape and their attitudes towards their horrific acts.

Yet Masika and the women we meet show us that they are not victims. They are survivors. They are reshaping their lives, and building a new future. They and their children are the seeds of hope for Congo.

Running Time: 75 minutes

Subtitles: Documentary features subtitles in English for portions spoken in African languages or French.

Country/countries of origin for film: United Kingdom

Director: Fiona Lloyd-Davies

A Studio 9 Films Production supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Fiona Lloyd-Davies: Fiona Lloyd-Davies is an award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist involved in documenting human rights issues in areas of conflict since 1992. Her film for BBC2 about honor killing, "License to Kill," brought a change in the law in Pakistan and was awarded a Royal Television Society award for Best International Journalism. She received a second RTS award in 2005 with Salam Pax, the Baghdad Blogger, for the series of films they made for the BBC's flagship current affairs program Newsnight. Her work combines her journalism with a strong visual style that she learned as a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Her reporting has been broadcast on the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Al Jazeera English, and her photography has been published in The Guardian, The Observer Magazine, The Glasgow Herald Magazine and The Irish Times. Fiona's ongoing reporting from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo focuses on sexual violence against the civilian population.

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