The Greatest Silence Gets Some Sound

by Adam Bertrand · August 7, 2008

lisaIn the war-torn zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo, soldiers rely on more than weapons as means of subjugation. Every year, tens of thousands of women and children are kidnapped and subjected to torture, mulitation, and rape at the hands of the Congolese army. Demanding to know the reasons behind these acts, and why so little was being done to stop them, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson traveled to the DRC herself.

There, she interviewed activists, physicians, soldiers, and survivors, in the hopes of pinpointing the why's. Harrowing, chilling, and occasionally inspiring (somehow many of the survivors, after undergoing some of the most hellish experiences known to man, still have spirit and faith!), it's easy to see why Jackson's documentary won last year's Special Jury prize at Sundance.

Tonight, it will be screened at the Quogue Library at 8.

[Photo via Film Arts Foundation at Sundance]