BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Checkpoints - Competition

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

ORIGINAL TITLE:
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
USA / 2007 / 76 min
DIRECTOR:
Lisa F. Jackson
A brutal documentary detailing the atrocities in the Congo where soldiers use rape as a weapon

In the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, rape is taking place on an unimaginable scale. Since war broke out in 1998, hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped by both foreign militia and Congolese soldiers alike. This widespread use of rape and mutilation as a weapon of war is treated with total silence by the Congolese authorities and has been largely overlooked by international media. THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO tells the story of American filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson's attempt to break the silence surrounding the atrocities.

Lisa F. Jackson

Lisa F. Jackson studied filmmaking at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has since gone on to win two Emmy awards for her documentaries. She started her directorial career on the TV-show "America Undercover" and directed her debut movie THE SECRET LIFE OF BARBIE in 1998. She followed up with LIFE AFTERLIFE (2000) and MEETING WITH A KILLER (2001).