Under the Shadow: Seeds of Hope

’A visually stunning and gut-achingly harrowing new film’ – Newsweek

“When we rape we feel free”, confesses a young soldier in the Congolese Army with astonishing frankness. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 48 women are raped every hour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sexual violence is so endemic there, it has earned the DRC a reputation as most dangerous country in the world for women.

In this critically acclaimed documentary, soldiers candidly explain why they rape and describe how part atrocities took place. It also follows the story of Masika, who opened a rescue centre to offer counselling and shelter to rape victims after suffering the same trauma. Can these women escape the shadow cast by this threat of sexual violence and will the spectre of justice bring hope and resolution?


  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 54 & 72 mins
  • Production: Studio 9 Films
  • Director: Fiona Lloyd-Davies
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: UK



  • Awards Special Mention "Un Film Per La Pace / A Film For Peace" Festival 2014; World Humanitarian Awards 2015 (Jakarta, INDONESIA): International Humanitarian Platinum Award for the documentary and International Humanitarian Special Award for Masika Katsuva Festivals Opening Film European Parliament Sakharov Prize This Human World 2014; Official Selection End Sexual Violence Fringe Summit 2014; Official Selection St Louis International Film Festival; Special Selection Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb 2014; World Humanitarian Awards (Jakarta, 2015), ’Fighting Stigma Through Film’ PSVI Film Festival 2018 (UK).

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