Fiche Film
MOYEN Métrage | 2009
Fighting the silence
Pays concerné : République démocratique du Congo
Support : DigiBeta
Durée : 53 minutes
Genre : guerre
Type : documentaire


Durant les sept ans de la guerre à la République Démocratique du Congo, plus de 80.000 femmes et fillettes ont été violées. « Fighting the Silence (Combattre le silence) » raconte l’histoire de femmes et d’hommes ordinaires se battant pour changer leur société. Les maris parlent des pressions qui les conduisent à abandonner leur femmes.
Des soldats et des policiers partage leurs (choquantes) visions sur les raisons pour lesquelles le viol continue de se développer au Congo.

Ilse & Femke VAN VELZEN, Hollande, 2007

Durée : 53 minutes
Années de réalisation : 2007/2008
Langues : Allemand, anglais, espagnol & français

Scenario & Directing: Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
producer: Ilse & Femke van Velzen
Production company: IFproductions
Cinematographer: Bram van Spengen
Sound: Femke van Velzen
Editing: Paul de heer
Sound design & Music: Jeroen Goeijers
Interviews: Kim Brice
Assistant Interviews DRC: Safi Butengu
Production assistant DRC: Salomon Byamungu
Translation & subtitles: Elvira Willems
Translation: Henri Nijila
Colour grading: Ronald van Dieren
Online: Rob Muller
DVD: Treffers & Trousers
Sponsors:ICCO, Oxvam Novib, Cordaid, Dutch Ambassy in the DRC, Untited Broadcast Facilities, CMC, Stichting Democratie en Media

format: Digi Beta 16:9, colour

genre: documentary | human interest
languages spoken: Swahili and French


2008 | Al Jazeera FF
* Jury’s Award

2008 | Human Rights FF Kiev
* Sélection

2008 | DocFF Gdansk
* Sélection

2007 | IDFA, Amenesty Int. FF NL
* Sélection


During the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s seven year war, more then 80.000 women and girls were raped. « Fighting the Silence » tells the story of ordinary women and men struggling to change their society: one that prefers to blame victims rather than prosecute rapists. Survivors tell of the brutality they experienced. Husbands talk of the pressures that led them to abandon their wives. A father explains why he has given up on his daughter’s future. Soldiers and policemen share their (shocking) views about why rape continues to flourish in the Congo despite the war having officially ended four years ago.

Ilse & Femke VAN VELZEN, The Netherlands, 2007


As independent film-makers Ilse and Femke are uniquely aware that making their sort of documentaries in their chosen countries demand time, energy and resilience.
Femke:  » Our inspiration is found in choosing subjects that move us personally. Our aim is to give oppressed people a voice. Once we’ve devoted ourselves to such a subject we don’t let go untill we’ve achieved our goal. »
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Kim Brice helped conceptualize the story line, fundraise and conducted research and all the interviews for the documentary. She also served asour chief « negotiator » in the DRC when the going got tough with the local authorities! For the past 20 years, Kim has worked as an activist, journalist, manager and organizational advisor in the social justice sector. She currently works as a freelance consultant and is based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
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Bram van Spengen works as a cameraman for United Broadcast Facilities and also has a platform « Nu en Zo » for media-, art-, and cultural initiatives.
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Heer & Meester Film provides the editing for documentaries, produces animationfilms and directs items for television/internet.
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Jeroen Goeijers is a Filmmusic-composer and sounddesigner for films & documentary’s.
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Duration : 53 minutes
Years realise : 2007/2008
Subtitle : Dutch, English, Spanish & French

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