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Mission Rape – A Tool of War

Despite increasingly refined war technology, mass rape is used as a tool of war in modern combat. Some 25,000 to 40,000 women were victims of mass rape during the Balkan war 1992-1995. Twenty years after these crimes, only very few cases of war crimes of sexual violence have been investigated and prosecuted. For the women in the film the rapes remain a dark shadow in their lives enshrouded by taboo. For these women legal justice is the only hope to regain integrity and life. However, justice fails and betrays them all the way to the International Criminal Court of Justice in The Hague.

Katia Forbert Petersen and Annette Mari Olsen have kept in contact with a group of women who stranded in Denmark in 1992. The women had fled from Bosnia, from the war. They spoke about their experiences, their pain and the fear they had for the future — for themselves and for their children. This was the first time the directors were confronted with mass rape as a war strategy.

Read interview with directors Annette Mari Olsen and Katia Forbert Petersen

Panorama / IDFA 2014
ORIGINAL TITLE - Voldtægt som krigsvåben
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RUNNING TIME - 61 min.
DIRECTOR - Annette Mari Olsen, Katia Forbert Petersen
SCREENPLAY - Annette Mari Olsen, Katia Forbert Petersen
PRODUCER - Annette Mari Olsen, Katia Forbert Petersen, Karen Hjort

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