Together with Cordaid, IF Productions and Stichting Vluchteling, Movies that Matter organised various screenings of Justice for Sale, the latest film by Ilse and Femke van Velzen.
For the past six years, Dutch film directors Ilse and Femke van Velzen turned their attention to the problem of sexual violence in the Congo. Their documentaries Fighting the Silence (2007) and Weapon of War (2009) shed light on this topic from the perspective of both the victims and the perpetrators. Both documentaries were screened throughout Congo as part of the Mobile Cinema tour, stirring debate on sexual violence among the audience.
Justice for Sale is the third and final part in the trilogy that deals with sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this subtle and surprising documentary, a thorough-going Congolese lawyer investigates a rape case in which the ‘perpetrator’ has become the victim of judicial errors. The film reveals the inadequacy of Congo’s legal system, partly due to the pressure exerted by local and international NGOs.
Justice for Sale is part of the campaign
‘Justice f.o.r. s.a.le. ‘Justice for victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo’
This project, which received financial support from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, was developed by Cordaid, IF Productions and Stichting Vluchteling. Its purpose is to help victims of war-related violence, especially women and girls who have been raped, get their lives back on track by providing psychosocial counselling and supporting them when holding perpetrators to account for their actions.
IF Productions set up a film, radio and television campaign in Congo that should instigate this change of mentality: a campaign that can effectively put an end to sexual violence.
Click here for more information about this project.