"A visually stunning and gut-achingly harrowing new film" Newsweek

 

                                "Harrowing reality, awesome courage” 

 

                                                              UK High Commissioner Howard Drake

A STUDIO 9 FILM BY FIONA LLOYD-DAVIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTED BY THE PULITZER CENTER ON CRISIS REPORTING

UK PREMIERE  AT GLOBAL SUMMIT TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE 10 JUNE 2014 

 

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"I feel privileged to have known this heroine. Her vitality, courage, strength in the face of such adversity and humour showed me that there is always hope even in the darkest hours. I feel her presence, her warmth, her smile and her strength."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Masika Katsuva, human rights campaigner, born 26 May 1966, died 2 February 2016  

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"What Fiona has captured is remarkable.  She has exposed the ultimate nightmare and then shown that the human spirit is nearly impossible to defeat." 

 

SEEDS OF HOPE is  a 72 minute feature documentary filmed and made by Fiona Lloyd-Davies.

The documentary follows the story of Masika Katsuva. Masika is a Congolese woman who sacrifices her safety everyday to help others deal with the unimaginable horrors they have experienced in their lives. Since the outbreak of the civil war, which has torn the Congo apart, rape has become commonplace and is used as a weapon of war. 

At Masika’s centre, a community of rape victims try to rebuild their lives and console each other.  

The documentary was shown at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

 
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European Parliament

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Fiona Lloyd-Davies

 

Award winning filmmaker and photojournalist Fiona Lloyd-Davies has made films and taken images in areas of conflict for over 20 years.

 

She has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2001.  

 

At the height of the war she flew to Shabunda, a town deep in the forest to report on what the Medecins sans Frontier described as ‘a virus’.

 

She found that between well over half of the women had been raped. They told her of their daily choice to starve at home or risk being raped in the field. Most chose the latter.

 

She's since returned to DR Congo to make films for the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4 News and France24.

 

In recent years her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and led to the completion of ‘Seeds of Hope’.

 

Her film about the Minova rape trial shown on BBC2’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight, was nominated for the Royal Television Society 'Independents' Award.

 

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Masika
Masika and Espoir
Masika holding Espoir in hospital
Solange
Arsene
Women in the field
Seeds of Hope
Dadu
Mongera
Esther
Women preparing the field, Minova
Rachel Kamate
Returning from the fields, Minova
Masika
The road to Minova
Masika's seeds
Mapenze

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Thank you to Save the Congo and Miss Congo UK for a fantastic turnout on Friday 27 March. For pictures on the event click here.

9 March 2015

A fantastic event at the Ham Yard Theatre, with a great turnout. A huge thanks to Hephzi Nicol for bringing it all together and for the generosity of so many who raised over £2,500 for both Masika's organisation APDUD & the Semiliki Trust.

Seeds of Hope is screening at the Global Health Film Festival 2016. The film will be shown at 3.45pm on Friday 11 November at the Barbican, London. Click to book tickets. 

 

Media coverage

 

 

The Independent (UK Newspaper)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/exclusive-as-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-suffers-another-day-of-bloodshed-its-soldiers-talk-with-astonishing-candour-of-their-own-brutality-9506990.html

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-shocking-testimony-of-soldiers-who-rape-9513380.html 

 

 

London Evening Standard

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/where-theres-fighting-theres-rape--its-simplyan-expectation-ifyou-are-female-9516770.html

 

 

Independent Voices (The Independent, UK Newspaper)

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-shocking-testimony-of-soldiers-who-rape-9513380.html

 

 

London Evening Standard (UK Newspaper)

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/where-theres-fighting-theres-rape--its-simplyan-expectation-ifyou-are-female-9516770.html

 

Mail Online (UK Newspaper)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2653781/When-rape-feel-free-Unnerving-interviews-Congolese-soldiers-reveal-challenge-faced-Angelina-Jolie-ahead-summit-end-war-zone-sexual-violence.html 

 

Newsweek (US publication)

http://www.newsweek.com/when-we-rape-we-feel-free-congolese-soldiers-open-harrowing-new-documentary-254405

 

CNN 

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/06/10/mclaughlin-rape-in-the-congo.cnn.html

 

NBC 

http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news/why-do-soldiers-rape-we-feel-free-279775811588

 

BBC Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p020rq53 

 

 

International Business Times (Online)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sex-weapon-mass-destruction-dr-congos-new-heart-darkness-1451935 

 

 

DW (Online)

http://www.dw.de/women-and-girls-expect-to-be-raped/a-17694914 

 

 

 

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