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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