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Rape: A Crime of War

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It has been estimated that between 20,000 and 50,000 rapes were committed during fighting in the former Yugoslavia. From the perspective of victims, prosecutors and perpetrators, we are drawn into the horrors of rape as a weapon of war. Four women tell their story of forced confinement, rape and degradation in Bosnia and share how their experiences have influenced their perceptions of their partners, their children, society as a whole, and themselves. The rapists claim that they were acting upon a higher authority. Legal consultants at The Hague where the International Tribunal is investigating war crimes, discuss the implications of the trial of a former camp boss, the first person to be indicted for rape as a war crime. Interviews and archival footage of war crimes hearings in Nuremberg, Nanking, Bosnia and Rwanda are interspersed with images of Western art and culture which have romanticized, eroticized and legitimized rape. Due to the sensitive nature of this video, previewing is recommended.

1996, 59 min 05 s

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Silver Medal - Category: Social Issues / Current events
The New York Festivals / Festival Competition
January 16 1998, New York - USA

Honorable Mention - Category: Mental Health, Stress, Transition and Crisis Management
Itinerant - National Council on Family Relations
November 5 to 10 1997, Washington - USA

Bronze Plaque Award
International Film and Video Festival
October 21 to 23 1997, Columbus - USA

Certificate of Merit
International Film Festival
October 9 to 19 1997, Chicago - USA

Public Mention
Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones
June 9 to 15 1997, Barcelona - Spain

Special Jury Award - Category: Social & Political documentary
World Media Festival
June 8 to 14 1997, Banff - Canada

Certificate for Creative Excellence - Category: Documentary
US International Film and Video Festival
June 4 to 5 1997, Redondo Beach - USA

First Place Award - Category: Film
Itinerant - HESCA Film Festival
May 22 1997, Lake Tahoe - USA

Silver Apple Award
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 1 1997, Oakland - USA

Certificate of Merit - Division Film and Video - Category: Current Events
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 24 to May 8 1997, San Francisco - USA