Film Screening and Talk with Belgian journalist Colette Braeckman: Reporting sexual violence in DRC

Posted by fl47 at Apr 18, 2016 05:50 PM |
Organised by the School of Modern Languages, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Centre for Medical Humanities. With the generous support of Wallonia-Brussels International. - Wednesday 4 May 2016 - 4pm - Attenborough Lecture Theatre 1.

Free public screening

For Poster and Press Release: please see below

 

The School of Modern Languages, the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Centre for Medical Humanities at the University of Leicester are organising a joint event on Wednesday 4 May 2016:

Screening of The Man Who Mends Women, the critically acclaimed Belgian movie on a doctor’s battle against sexual violence in Congo, followed by a meeting with journalist Colette Braeckman, co-maker of the film.

The Man Who Mends Women focuses on the story of Dr Denis Mukwege and his work at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who provides medical care to ten thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and who works to restore their lives and to address the root causes of violence in DRC. As a surgeon, he has become a prominent human and women’s rights defender.

Belgian journalist and Central Africa expert Colette Braeckman wrote ‘Sexual violence in Congo: the battle of Mukwege’ and realized the film in collaboration with Thierry Michel.

This event is generously supported by Wallonia-Brussels International (Embassy of Belgium)

Wednesday 4 May 2016 - Attenborough Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester.

  • 4:00: Welcome and Film Screening
  • 6:00: Talk by Colette Braeckman
  • 7:30: End

 

Poster The man who mends women.jpg

Press Release

Work of prominent human rights defender who helped 10,000s of victims of sexual violence in Congo to be explored

Free public screening of the ‘The Man Who Mends Women’ documentary at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 4 May

A documentary about the work of the inspirational Dr Denis Mukwege, who provided medical care to tens of thousands of women raped during the 20 years of conflict in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo will be shown at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 4 May.

The screening of The Man Who Mends Women, which is free to attend and open to the public, will be followed by a meeting with Belgian journalist Colette Braeckman, who wrote ‘Sexual violence in Congo: the battle of Mukwege’ and realised the film in collaboration with Thierry Michel.

The Man Who Mends Women focuses on the story of Dr Denis Mukwege and his work at the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who provides medical care to ten thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and who works to restore their lives and to address the root causes of violence in DRC.

Dr Fransiska Louwagie from the University of Leicester’s School of Modern Languages and Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies said: “We are very pleased to welcome Colette Braeckman for this screening of her recent and multiple award-winning documentary, which will shed important light on issues of sexual violence in the ongoing context of war and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a surgeon, Dr Mukwege has become a prominent human and women’s rights defender and this event will offer the audience a unique opportunity to gain insight into his work and its broader context.”

Simon Lambert, WBI-Fellow in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester said: “Colette Braeckman is a leading Belgian journalist and a world-expert on Central Africa. Her visit to Leicester is supported by Wallonia-Brussels International, an agency which is tasked with the French-speaking Community of Belgium’s international relations and the promotion and dissemination of its culture and arts.”

Dr Sarah Ehlers from the University of Leicester’s Centre for Medical Humanities added: “It is important to host this event as it links together a topic of broad public relevance with various strands of our research. The routine use of sexual violence by militia groups in the DRC against women is a multi-faceted issue, which is significant not only for the study of violence but also for those interested in the social and political dimensions of medicine in a war- and poverty-ridden context. Moreover, it sheds light on a tragic chapter from the aftermath of colonial rule and forms therefore also a part of a broader European history.”

The free public screening of The Man Who Mends Women will be aired at 4:00PM on Wednesday 4 May in Attenborough Lecture Theatre 1 at the University of Leicester, followed by a talk with Colette Braeckman at 6:00PM.


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For more information please contact Simon Lambert on sl534@leicester.ac.uk

 

 

 


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