Festival selections :
A Matter of ACT
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 6
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4
Friday, March 25, 2011 - 17:00
Q&A with activist Yamileth Chavarría. Moderator Jessica de Jaeger (Latin America Film Festival)
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 13:30
Jacqueline Eckhart (programme manager Community Media, FreeVoice) interviews Yamileth Chavarría and filmmaker Susanne Jäger.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 19:00
José Zepeda Varas, director of the Latin America department of the Wereldomroep, interviews Yamileth Chavarría, filmmaker Susanne Jäger and Chantal Gill'ard (PvdA).
Festival year: 2011
The Jungle Radio takes us deep into the jungle of Nicaragua, where feminist Yamileth Chavarría has launched a radio station with a unique mission: denouncing rife domestic violence against women and children. Having been threatened several times herself, she does not shrink from pillorying men that commit such abuses.
After hurricane Mitch had devastated the country back in 1998, Chavarría launched the radio station ‘Palabra de Mujer’ (Women’s Voices). Even though the hurricane cut a number of jungle villages off from the outside world, people could transmit personal messages to their family and friends over the radio.
Radio is more than just an alternative for telephone, however. In her daily show ‘The Messenger Witch’, Chavarría rebukes the local perpetrators of domestic (and sexual) violence by name, thereby criticizing the local court’s sluggishness. Although Chavarría receives many death threats, she refuses to give in to intimidation: “If they shoot me on the air, everyone will hear it.”
Besides interviews with Chavarría and footage of the radio station, The Jungle Radio features conversations with village residents, both male and female, contains musical performances by local bands and highlights activities of the Womens Centre, also founded by Chavarría.
Germany 2009, 90 min.
Documentary, Video, C
Spoken language: Spanish
FIDH Prize - Festival des Libertés 2010 First Prize - Filmfestival Espiello VIII Boltaña 2010 Special Mention: Amnesty International's a Matter of ACT documentary award - Movies that Matter Festival 2011
Jägerfilme und Arielfilms GmbH
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)