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Silence of Reason

(Šutnja razuma)

Using archival material from the Hague Tribunal, the film gives voice to women who faced brutal sexual violence and torture during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2000, the International Criminal Court in The Hague was the first to designate systematic rape as a form of torture, and sexual enslavement as a crime against humanity. The director returns to the landmark judgment and the atrocities in the city of Foča that preceded it. Amateur archive footage from the time of the Bosnian war for independence serves as a neutral visual background for the shocking witness statements of the survivors. The women describe being held captive, beaten, raped and forced into prostitution. While history merely records them as war victims, in this film they gain agency as the narrators of tales which should never be forgotten within a context of the ongoing normalisation of sexual crimes.

Evald, Národní 28, Praha 1


Atlas – Large Hall, Ke Štvanici 371/4, Praha 8

Barbora Hudečková, Moderator
Kumjana Novakova, Director

Světozor Cinema – Small Hall, Vodičkova 41, Praha 1

TitleSilence of Reason
Original TitleŠutnja razuma
Original LanguageBosnian, English
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginBosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia
Length63 min.
Tags Women's rights, Missuse of Power, Europe
Director Kumjana Novakova

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