Screening: "A Love During the War"

Screening: "A Love During the War"

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy, NY

February 22, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Image:  A Love During the War

One of the emerging voices of feminist African filmmaking, the Cameroonian director Osvalde Lewat-Hallade is well on her way to becoming her continent's Kim Longinotto or Barbara Kopple, forging direct cinema with activist power.   The artist will be onhand to introduce her film and to participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

Film Screening:

A Love During the War
Osvalde Lewat-Hallade (Cameroon/Congo, 2005)
• (63 mins, In French, Swahili, and Lingala with English subtitles)
• (Total running time: 115 mins, Color, Beta SP)

What are the consequences when rape is used as a weapon of war? This moving documentary explores this question from the perspective of women in Africa, where this tragedy is witnessed again and again.

Aziza and her husband were separated when the Congo-Kinshasa war broke out in 1996. Six years later, they reunite in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). They are now rebuilding their family life with their four children. However, the souvenirs of the horrors suffered by other women in eastern DRC during the war still haunt journalist Aziza. She wonders what happened to Feza, the little girl for which she used to care. Soon, she feels obliged to return to this part of the country where women have started denouncing the abuses they suffered during the war.

Director Osvalde Lewat-Hallade opted for film making after serving as journalist for several years. Her first documentary, titled "Upsa' Yimoowin" ("The Pipe of Hope"), was made in Toronto. It denounces the sidelining of the American Indians. However, the film that brought her international acclaim is "The Forgotten Man" in 2003, based on the true story of a prisoner who was sentenced to four years in jail for a minor crime, ending up imprisoned for 33 years. "A Love During the War" is Lewat-Hallade's latest documentary film.

Co-sponsored by the Arts Department at RPI, with support from the Electronic Film & Media program at the NYS Council on the Arts.


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