Segments in this Video

Weapons of War: February 2011 (04:03)


In the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, approximately 40 women are raped every hour. Masika helps thousands of women. Victims reflect on being raped.

Providing for a Better Life (04:10)

Masika gathers rape victims to work in the field; her center is currently home to 18 women and children. Masika learns about village attacks through a network of volunteers. She shares her story of rape and discusses her decision to help other victims.

Struggling to be Mothers (02:23)

Masika's daughters, Rachel and Yvette, have children born of rape. Rachel describes the attack.

Soldiers Who Rape (04:07)

Armed units of the Congolese National use rape as a weapon of war. A soldier describes attacks and how they make him feel. Masika has been raped three times since opening her rape center; adopting children makes her feel stable.

Feeding Those Who Suffer (04:59)

Masika purchases seeds at the market in Minova. Rape survivors gather in the field to plant beans and maize; the seeds offer hope.

Holistic Approach (03:06)

Masika offers food, shelter, clothing, and counseling to rape survivors. A woman shares her story of rape. Masika's records of rape span more than a decade.

Child of Rape (03:16)

Bushashira, a woman newly arrived at the rape center, does not laugh with the other women. Rachel cares for the children at the center but hates her son Stevie.

Masika's Grandson (03:28)

Stevie views Masika as his mother. He returned from school upset; Rachel yelled at him because a phone battery is missing.

Coming to Terms with Rape: June 2011 (02:18)

Bushashira views the women's center as her home. Masika states that the number of rape cases has increased. Masika rescued an 8-month-old orphaned baby; he needs medical attention.

Malnourishment (02:58)

Masika takes the orphaned baby to the hospital; she will have to stay while he receives treatment. Rachel cares for the 17 children at the center.

Farming as a Group (04:24)

Approximately 2 million women, children, and men have been raped in eastern Congo. The women from the center gather to work in the field; it provides a form of therapy. Rachel's relationship with Stevie is improving.

Rape Survivors: February 2013 (04:24)

Masika's center now has an office and sewing room. In November 2012, Congolese soldiers encamped at Minova. A soldier discusses orders to rape the women; a woman recalls her attack.

Minova, a Garrison Town (01:57)

Soldiers who raped the women at Masika's center are now based a few miles away; all rapists remain free.

War Crimes Trial: February 2014 (02:38)

In Goma, Congolese soldiers are on trial for the rape of over 130 women and children; witnesses receive death threats for testifying. Many women, including Masika, are skeptical justice will be served.

Trial Verdict: May 2014 (02:54)

Only two of the 39 men on trial for rape as a war crime are found guilty; 18 soldiers are found guilty of looting. The rape survivors are angry about the verdict.

Children Born from Rape (02:18)

Children born as a result of rape will face difficulties when they want to marry. Rachel has never told Stevie how he was conceived. Drumming is an escape for Stevie.

Credits: Under the Shadow (00:0-3205)

Credits: Under the Shadow

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“When we rape we feel free,” confesses a young soldier in the Congolese Army. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 48 women are raped every hour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC earned a reputation as most dangerous country in the world for women. In this documentary, soldiers explain why they rape and describe how the atrocities took place. It follows the story of Masika, who opened a rescue center to offer counselling and shelter to rape victims. Can these women escape the shadow cast by this threat of sexual violence and will the specter of justice bring hope and resolution?


Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL111680

ISBN: 978-1-68272-674-7

Copyright date: ©2015

Closed Captioned

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“A visually stunning and gut-achingly harrowing new film.”—Newsweek

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