The evening was co-hosted by the British High Commission in Ottawa and the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict ahead of the UK’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014. Fiona was then invited by Senator Jaffer to the Senate the following day, for which she received a standing ovation. .
“Unforgettable— a story of the triumph of human nature over terrible abuse” The London Evening Standard.
“Emotionally and intellectually challenging, and extremely moving”
Franseza Pardoe, McGill University student.
Seeds of Hope
From film festivals to human rights organisation screenings, 2014 was a big year for Studio 9 Film’s harrowing documentary, Seeds of Hope, on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With 13 screenings world-wide, Seeds of Hope was invited to screen its UK premiere at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by former Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie. The year ended with a screening for the All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region.
The screening was part of a two-day program, Telling the Whole Story: Gender Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, presented by the Pulitzer Center and its campus consortium partner Boston University.
The UK Premiere of Seeds of Hope took place at the especially end of Summit Fringe, a series of public events that ran alongside the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which brought together governments, NGOs and legal, military and judicial practitioners. William Hague, former British Foreign Secretary, and Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy, hosted the summit. The screening was also attended by former foreign minister Baroness Warsi.
Discussion with filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies and Rosalie Nezie,
American Jewish World Service Program Officer.
27/8 February 2014: Boston University, MA, USA
28 May 2014, Ottawa, CA
Tuesday 10 June 2014, Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, London, United Kingdom
This was the largest ever gathering on the subject, with 1,700 delegates and 123 country delegations, including 79 Ministers.
The Summit agreed practical steps to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes. Read the chair’s summary and the Statement of Action.
During the summit there were over 175 public events in London, and an 84 hour global relay of events around the world.
Monday 14 July 2014, Frontline Club, London, United Kindom
Tuesday 19 November 2014, McGill University, Montreal, CA
Screening followed by panel discussion with Fiona Lloyd-Davies, Myriam Denov, Mélanie Coutu and Vrinda Narain from McGill University. The event was hosted by the British Consulate in Montreal and McGill's Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.
Wednesday 19 November, Washington DC, USA
Frontline Club, London, UK
Top, Left to Right: Amela Marin, Carrie Rentschler Director of ISGF, Fiona Lloyd-Davies, Mélanie Coutue.
"What Fiona has captured is remarkable. She has exposed the ultimate nightmare and then shown that the human spirit is nearly impossible to defeat." Barbara, donor.
Human Rights Film Festival
End Sexual Violence
A Film for Peace
"Seeds of Hope conveys unimaginable pain, but also hope and strength. It portrays Fiona, reaching out to portray the pain of her Congolese sister, Masika."
Senator Mobina Jaffer
"Harrowing reality, awesome courage”
UK High Commissioner Howard Drake
"A visually stunning and gut-achingly harrowing new film by award-winning documentarian
Fiona Lloyd-Davies" Newsweek (US)
Thursday 20 November 2014, United Nations Headquarters, NY, USA
"If we each show even an ounce of the courage and commitment Masika has shown, we can make a difference."
UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura
Friday 21 November 2014, Philadelphia, USA
Friday 31 October 31 2014, Trieste, Italy
Thursday 4 December, Teeside University, UK
Friday 5 December, Saturday 6 December 2014, Vienna, Austria
A film for Peace Festival in Trieste, Seeds of Hope received a special mention for addressing an important issue regarding human rights and the right to peace.
United Nations, New York, USA
The Sakharov Human Rights Prize was named after the Russian physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov. Since 1988, this has been awarded annually, to activists and organizations committed to the fight for human rights and democracy in general, by the European Parliament.
In cooperation with the Office of the European Parliament in Austria, This Human World Film Festival is hadfilm screening at the award ceremony of the Sakharov Prize for 2014.
The Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege received this year's Sakharov-Prize. "Seeds of Hope" by Fiona Lloyd-Davies was presented for this occasion.
Thursday 27 November 2014 15:11 GMT
"Fiona Lloyd Davies did a magnificent job and managed to emotionally overwhelm the crowd present at the screening" European Parliament
“Difficult and Emotive”
Arise News TV
Monday 8 December, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb's Human Rights Film Festival screening was followed by Q&A with Fiona Lloyd-Davies and director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Manfred Nowak.
Friday 12 December, House of Lords, UK
The All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region and REDRESS, organised an event to discuss how the UK Government can help overcome the barriers to justice for victims of sexual violence in conflict in the DRC.
"Seeds of Hope offers a rare insight into the lives of Congolese rape survivors" NBC News
"The extraordinary natural beauty of Congo is juxtaposed against the horrific experiences that these women have endured and the threat of sexual violence that remains, lurking in such landscapes." Connor PR
International Business Times,
Rape the Weapon of Mass Destruction: DR Congo's New Heart of Darkness
by Gianluca Mezzofiore, June 10, 2014 11:34 BST