In the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rape has been used as a weapon of war for more than 15 years.
Martha writes a teenage girl’s guide to surviving sex slavery.

2017, 16mins 28sec
english / subtitles : english, francais, español, italiano, deutsch

Directed by Maël G. Lagadec — Production : Human Act
Director of Photography : Raphaël Van Sitteren
Sound : Jeanne Debarsy
Music : Jérôme Van Den Bril
Cast : Ted Bwatu, Monica Kamara, Angela Monteiro, Matondo Noémie Ntoto, Marie-Charlotte Tatepo Ngonde, Rose-Myrtha Vercammen Fortuna Dorsant.
Distributor : Aug&Ohr Medien /


*Jury's 1st Prize* & *Public 2nd Prize* 2nd Festival Des Courts En Fête (Corse, France)
*Best International Short* 2nd Revolution Me Film Festival (Nyc, Usa)
*Best Docu-Short - Alberto Signetto Special Award* 9th Skepto International Film Festival (Cagliari, Italy)
*Honorable Mention* 2nd Nepal American International Film Festival (Hyattsville, Md, USA)
*Best Actress-Jury Angela Monteiro* 7th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival (Kolkata, India)
*High School Jury Award* 9th One Country One Film International Festival (Issoire And Apchat, France)

Official Selections

2022 * L’Age d’Or Festvival, Cinematek, The Act Of Breathing (Brussels, Belgium)

2019 * 1st North Europe International Film Festival - Fusion Isff (London, UK)
2019 * 20th Kontrast Filmfestival (Bayreuth, Germany)
2019 * 2nd Beirut International Women Film Festival (Beirut, Lebanon)
2019 * 3rd Indian World Film Festival -19 (Hyderabad, India)
2019 * 12th Subversive Film Festival Metz, France)
2019* Konstanzer Kurz.Film.Spiele Best Of 15 Years (Konstanz, Germany)

2018 * Short To The Point (Romania)
2018 * 34th Sarajevo Winter Festival (Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina)
2018 * 6th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival (Kathmandu, Nepal)
2018 * 3rd Quite Independent World Film Festival (Ecuador)
2018 * 29th Festival Mamers En Mars (Mamers, France)
2018 * 1st Global India International Film Festival (Pune, India)
2018 * 34th European Film Festival Of Lille (Lille, France)
2018 * 7th Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2018 (Kiev, Ukraine)
2018 * 13th British Urban Film Festival 2018 (London, United Kingdom)
2018 * 2nd The Buddha Int'l Film Festival (Pune, Maharashtra, India)
2018 * 2nd Festival De Cine De Portoviejo (Portoviejo, Ecuador)
2018 * 12th Scenecs Int'l Debut Film Festival (Hilversum, The Netherlands)
2018 * 3rd Realtime International Film Festival (Ikeja, Nigeria)
2018 * 2nd Maracay International Filmmakers & Video Festival (Maracay, Venezuela)
2018 * 1st Festival Tapis Bleu 2018 (Rosny-Sous-Bois, France)
2018 * Open Air Screening @ Brussels Short Film Festival 2018 (Belgium)
2018 * 1st Siren Film Festival (Abruzzo, Italy)
2018 * 3rd Defy Film Festival (Nashville, Tn, USA)
2018 * Mostra Int’l Audiovisual Curta O Genero 2018 (Fortaleza, Ceara, Brasil)
2018 *1st Capital Filmmakers Festival Madrid 2018 (Madrid, Spain)
2018 * 2nd Pickurflick Indie Film Festival (Gurgaon, India)
2018 * 7th Jozi Film Festival (Sandton, South Africa)
2018 * 15th Konstanzer Kurz.Film.Spiele (Konstanz, Germany)
2018 * Festival Des Libertes 2018 (Brussels, Belgium)
2018 * 2nd Courage Film Festival (Berlin, Germany)
2018 * 16th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival (Wichita, Ks, USA)
2018 * 4th Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival (Grand Rapids, Mi, USA)
2018 * Inncontro - International Film Festival Of Multiplicity (Innsbruck, Austria)
2018 * 3rd The Int'l Gullah Film Festival (Georgetown, South Carolina, USA)
2018 * 8th Festival Internacional De Cine Fine Arts (Miramar, Puerto Rico)
2018 * Scottish Independent Film Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)
2018 * 1st Kaaryat International Film Festival (Jaipur, India)

2017 * World Wide Virtual Film Festival (USA)
2017 * 18th Festival International Du Film D’aubagne (Aubagne, France)
2017 * 20th Brussels Short Film Festival (Brussels, Belgium)
2017 * 42nd Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt (Weiterstadt, Germany)
2017 * 23rd Festival International Du Film Nancy-Lorraine (Nancy, France)
2017 * 2nd Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival (Pune, India)

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