sexta-feira, 30 de maio de 2014

Southern Africa: Gender awards highlights - the documentary “Initial Rites – The Dark Side” winning produced by Gilberto Macuacua

Initial rites are a very
important cultural component in the process towards the definition of
the identity of some communities in Mozambique. It is during this
process that values are transmitted defining how boys and girls will
behave in future, not only from a social perspective, but also in terms
of their sexuality.

However, this process embodies dangerous elements to the lives of women
and they violate their human rights. This also happens to the boys.
Therefore, the documentary “Initial Rites – The Dark Side” that we have
produced, clearly portraits the drama in which women live in relation to
sexual collective and systematic violations that they suffer in the
name of culture during the male initial rites in the north of Mozambique
and
the enormous injustice practices they suffer from their partners, the
community, justice institutions, among others in order to call the
attention of the whole society in general as well as from the relevant
entities to end this evil.
In this documentary has triggered strong emotions from viewers,
especially when the victims talk first hand about their experiences and
the pain they suffer until today.

Apart from the victims, the documentary brings remarks from the
community leadership, the local government, initial rites’ masters,
young people who went through initial rites, religious leaders, members
of the civil society, health personnel, police officers and court staff
members who are in possession of cases of violation and they all talk
first hand.