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Film Exposes Women’s Struggles in Zambia

Film Exposes Women’s Struggles in Zambia
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NOTE: This is a guest blog post from Kimberley Sevcik, Information and Media Relations Manager for Camfed.

Filmed by the first women’s filmmaking collective in rural Zambia, Hidden Truth is an intimate portrayal of the effects of domestic violence on women and children in Samfya, a remote region of Northern Zambia. The Samfya Women Filmmakers harness the power of film as a way to challenge injustices in their community and advocate for change. Many in the group were deprived of the opportunity to go to school, and some cannot read or write – but film is providing them with a compelling tool for telling their own stories, in their own voices.

The second film produced by the collective, Hidden Truth has been screened for hundreds of communities in rural Africa, where it is stimulating important dialogue about an issue that is rarely discussed.

The film has also been screened for audiences at film festivals and cultural institutions around the world, capturing the Best Documentary at the 2011 Zanzibar International Film Festival – a sign that the film’s message resonates far beyond the borders of Zambia. See the next page for a Q&A with Hidden Truth Director Penelope Machipi.

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7:41AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

That little boy looked very nervous, hopefully he will grow up to be a different man to his brother-in-law becaue that guy is obviously a coward. Unfortunately domestic violence happens all over the world. In Ireland the man has to practically kill the woman before anything is done about it and the cops will tell you themselves that they cannot get involved in domestic distrubances and aside from that, there are hardly any places for these women and their children to flee too in safety :-(

11:34AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Wow, to hear the stark truth come out of that young boy's mouth...It's startling and shocking. He is so bright, smart, and articulate enough to express himself. It's sad to hear that children, such as himself, have to live in the fear of such violence and, at the same time, want to grow up to be the change to stop it from happening. Very provoking video. Definitely sharing it on facebook. I'd love to see the whole video.

10:27AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Thankyou for infroming the world of these atrocities.

9:44PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

this documentary is so great....the women's stories break my heart

12:49AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Micheal M. i agree...
Thanks for sharing Emily

10:47PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Ginger..."A man that beats a woman is a coward."

++++++++++++ Have you been to Africa? Asia? South America? Because what seems true to YOU, in THIS country, may be ABSOLUTELY NORMAL in others! Do WE have the "right" to impose western ideas of "normalcy" onto cultures in other parts of the world? If so...what gives us that "right?"

I'm playing devil's advocate because this is NOT a simple issue.

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3:29PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Unfortunately the abuse of women & girls is endemic to the worlds of "commerce" & "war"... Look at Ruwanda, the Congo, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, India, even here in Canada! A mother & daughters murdered - an honour killing! What men do in the name of "honour" is murder pure & simple! And, it must stop!

12:03PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Change is what we as individuals have to do. Change who we are to people we can live with and try to help others to see themselves as they are to others. Stop saying change and make the change. Men who know that other men are abusive to women and children should talk to those men and tell them it's time to change. Women who know of abuse should try to help those women they know are being abused, shelter them or help them find shelter. This is nothing new. Some women have gone the route of fighting back and even killing their abusers, they see no other way, esp. if they are alone in world. Some women have no one and no means of support, so they have to take the abuse, esp. if they have children. Do (some) men feel so emasculated by life that the only way to feel power is to hurt, abuse and kill every woman, child and animal in this world. To bad they don't know that love is power too.

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