Direction: Manau Oiseaux - Producing organisation: FRANCE 2 - Year of production: 2017
A groan. A muffled, yet deafening moan. The cries of thousands of Syrian women, who are being raped over the past 6 years in President Bashar al-Assad’s torture chambers. A crime against humanity, a war crime that has been ignored, systematically-organised and aimed at destroying Syrian society. From the outset, rape has been used as a tool by the regime to destroy the spirit of resistance. Rape is such a deep-rooted taboo in Syria that the regime can count on the victims remaining silent. Women, who survive the profound physical and psychological scars, however live the rest of their lives in shame. Breaking their silence for the first time on film, these same women bravely and painfully speak of the untold crimes of al-Assad’s regime.
This is a unique, strong and powerful testimony from the Syrian war. Testimonies about Syrian women who where victimes of rapes as a weapon of war. Their stories are told with dignity and courage. The direction is very good, very precise, giving breaths and poetic images while hearing these testimonies of the unbearable.
Mladen Capin (HRT, Croatia), Caroline Behar (FRANCE 5, France), Carlos Maio (RTP, Portugal), Ondrej Starinsky (RTVS, Slovakia), Metka Dedakovic (RTVSLO, Slovenia).
Caroline Behar (FRANCE 5, France)