The Greastest Silence: Rape in the Congo premieres on HBO in April.
Today, in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, a crime against humanity is taking place on an unimaginable scale – hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped in the last ten years. Often carried out with impunity by gangs of armed militia, these atrocities leave survivors traumatized, shunned by society and family, and suffering lifelong health effects such as HIV. Their trials unacknowledged, the victims are shamed and invisible. As a result, the world is largely ignorant of their horrific plight and the political conditions that make it possible.
Winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO follows director Lisa F. Jackson’s crusade to expose this shocking reality when it debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 8 (10:00-11:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. On April 1, one week before the film’s debut, Jackson will testify before the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee Hearing on Human Rights and the Law.