21 November, 2008

UNIFEM Film Festival

UNIFEM is organising a film festival on Tuesday, 25 November 2008, starting 7pm at the Alliance Francaise, Suva. This is to commemorate their International Campaign on Violence Against Women and Violence Against Human Rights. There will be three short films screened on the night. They are 'Morocco: Never Again', 'Nepal: Narrow Escape', and 'Congo: Find a Word for It'. The Moroccon film portrays how Morocco is coming to terms with the human rights abuses of its recent past. Televised testimonies to a truth and reconciliation commission set up by the Government have transfixed the nation. Morocco is discovering the truth about wrongful imprisonments, torture and disappearances of the past. The public has also discovered the prominent role women played in resisting abuses of the law in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘Nepal: A Narrow Escape’ is about a 24 year old woman Sushma, who was deserted by her husband and had to support her four children. She was sold into sexual slavery and managed to escape from her trafficker. ‘Congo: Find a Word for It’ is set in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo where for the last ten years, have been at war. The women bear the brunt of it. The precise number of victims suffering from rape and related diseases is impossible to know. Shunned by their community, the women are often reluctant to come forward for treatment. Instead, they are forced to bear the physical and psychological scars of their ordeal alone. Admission is free. For more information, pls call on telephone (679) 3313802.

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