The film SEMA premieres on March 8th, International Women’s Day 2020 at the DC Independent Film Festival.

The film SEMA, written and acted by survivors of sexual violence in Congo and directed by Macherie Ekwa Bahango, will have its US premiere at the DC Independent Film Festival. Thanks to the support of the DCIFF, the director will be present in person to speak about the film. Also present will be Tatiana Mukanire, the Coordinator of the Movement of Survivors in DRC and Maud Ekila, Congolese journalist and Communications Officer at the Mukwege Foundation. We hope you can join us for this very special event. You can purchase tickets or find out more here:

The film will screen concurrently at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival sponsored by UN Women in Sarasota. You can purchase tickets or find out more here:

SEMA (Speak Out)

This gripping film features the stories of two women who fell victim to the ongoing sexual violence facing the Democratic Republic of Congo. Written collectively by the DRC Movement of Survivors, the film will take you through their heartbreaks as well as their fight to find hope and justice.
Watch the trailer here.

Incredibly, many survivors volunteered the be actors in the film, bravely replaying their traumas in order to show the world their struggles.

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