DIRECTOR: RAOUF J. JACOB/ COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA & SIERRA LEONE/ AVAILABLE VERSIONS: ENG
ABOUT THE FILM
Thirteen years after a vicious civil war forced him to flee his childhood home of Sierra Leone, director Raouf J. Jacob returns to find meaning in a place once forsaken by the rest of the world.
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?