SIERRA LEONE: A CULTURE OF SILENCE
Now Distributed Worldwide by Java Films
YEAR: 2014 / DURATION: 84 & 53 MINS / PRODUCER: WORLDWIDE CINEMA FRAMES studios/films
DIRECTOR: RAOUF J. JACOB/ COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA & SIERRA LEONE/ AVAILABLE VERSIONS: ENG
ABOUT THE FILM
Traveling across the country, he explores the sensitive environmental, social and cultural issues that, even today, remain taboo. He searches for the lost boys, former child soldiers living in the shadows, to see how successful attempts to reintegrate them in society have been.
He investigates Sierra Leone’s controversial diamond mining industry and the role and actions of foreign companies in the country and asks what he believes is the most fundamental question in African politics, is there is still blood on the stone?
And finally, he journeys with one of the most notorious and controversial women in Sierra Leone and gains exclusive access to the secret Bondo society, where millions of young girls in Africa experience what they call their “Secret Pain.” Could the silence be broken in a world where culture is currently at war with human rights?
*In our film “Sierra Leone: A Culture of Silence” we reported that “Over 2
million women and girls are mutilated every month in Africa.” We made an
editorial mistake and used the word “month” rather than “year.” Accumulated reports
now show that the number of FGM victims is found to be 70 million higher than originally
reported figures. According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30
countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated. Furthermore, there are an estimated 3 million girls at risk of
undergoing female genital mutilation every year.”