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2022-10-16

GBV Documentary

On the 5th of December, renowned photojournalist and documentarist Jarmila Stuckova from Czech Republic presented her documentary “Unbroken”, which previewed the lives of women living in Africa, Afghanistan, and India, and the gender-based violations done against them, with the purpose of spreading the matter to the international community to make changes. The documentary was shown in multiple international festivals and won an award, it has been previewed in a famous TV channel in Czech as well. Overview: The documentary previewed cultural aspects of Afghanistan; Cameroon; and India; which were hidden from the public, and denied by country officials asked about the violations. Jarmila travelled back and forth to those countries and the footage was gathered in a period of years. Starting from 2014 to 2016. The producer mentioned that the documentary was an underestimation of the number of women experiencing those issues, but many were afraid to participate in the documentary to voice it out. Jarmila Stuckova had worked in Kurdistan and documented Iraqi women attitudes and cultures, mentioning the lack of decision-making by the female gender. The high-school students of Da Vinci were stunned and culturally-shocked at the aspects practiced by some countries, and they questioned the lack of legal intervention and health risks impacts on those women and girls. Their understanding of cultural norms became wider and they became more skeptical of the practices in their culture which could be demeaning to women. Short Introduction and Purpose of the Documentary, according to Jarmila: Heroines of the film, an Afghan gynecologist dr. Oryakhil from Kabul, and chief of the campaign against breast ironing, Fomuso Blesing from Bamenda in Cameroon, are women who are very active and help other women and girls in a very effective way. Oryakhil worked in her medicine field in the time of Taliban when women were not allowed to work. Oryakhil from Afghanistan studied medicine, although the literacy of women is only fifteen percent. Today she runs her hospital for women, Malalai, which adopts a hundred patients a day. Also spreading sexual awareness. Working in Afghanistan was for me and my colleague a big challenge. Filming especially women in public is almost impossible. Dr. Oryakhil was also kept very busy working at clinics and we felt that we could not ask for more than a few hours of time. Finding in Cameroon someone who would engage in the fight against breast ironing was not easy. To talk about this phenomenon in Cameroonian society is a taboo. Tradition of breast ironing by heated granite stone is a procedure that, especially in Cameroon's rural areas, every third woman experiences. Mothers and grandmothers do it behind closed doors to their daughters and granddaughters to protect them from rape, right when the girls' breasts start to grow. There are also known cases of little girls experiencing the painful horror as young as nine years old.

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