Saturday, January 23, 2010
Judith: Going Back To Congo
Twenty-three-year-old Judith Wanga grew up in London and is proud to be British. But Judith was born thousands of miles away in the Democratic Republic Of Congo. She was sent to live in Britain by her parents when she was just three-years-old.
Twenty years later, Judith is going back to Congo to meet her parents for the first time. She wants to understand the childhood she missed and find the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of her life.
After the reunion with her parents, Judith visits an area of the country devastated by the conflict, where rape has become a weapon of war. Judith meets survivors, women and children as well as perpetrators, and finds out what is driving this brutality.
Discovering the harsh realities of her homeland, she develops a better understanding of why her parents sent her away all those years ago.
The film is narrated by Thandie Newton, who is involved in the work of campaign groups in the UK to stop violence against women in the Democratic Republic Of Congo.