Angelina attended the second day of the PSVI Film Festival as well and she was discussing the military’s role in preventing sexual violence in conflict with UK military gender advises deployed on peacekeeping operations including to the DRC. She was seen taking photos with with fans and looked beautiful in a black top and pants.
Angelina attended the PSVI Film Festival and the Fighting Stigma through Film event today and the festival runs from November 23 to 24 at the British Film Institute in London. She opened the festival with holding a speech at the reception and she begun with the quote, “The power of film and storytelling can help fight stigma and discrimination.”
“The power of storytelling to help us understand evidence and empathy.”
Angelina was wearing a white dress, wearing a black overcoat, and attended the fans, taking pictures and handing out autographs. She held a Q&A at the “City of Joy” Screening as you can see in videos and photos in the gallery.
‘The Fighting Stigma Through Film’ festival is organized by the PSVI (Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative) and will feature a number of films and documentaries that address the issue of sexual violence. The 2-day festival includes screenings of 38 films and documentaries from around the world.
Angelina has written an article for the UK magazine, The Evening Standard. She writes about wartime sexual violence and brings up stories so horrific it’s worse than any made up horror film… She’s currently at the PSVI Film Festival hosted by her organisation “Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” and the article is released in connection to it.
Angelina Jolie: No perpetrators of rape in conflict should ever get away with their crimes
A Rohingya mother gang-raped after being forced to watch soldiers kill her baby girl and husband. An elderly South Sudanese woman raped by soldiers. A Syrian man kept naked in a cell for 30 days by government forces, hung up by his hands in the dark at night and raped using a stick. A 10-year old Syrian boy, waiting in line at a bakery, kidnapped by Islamic State, imprisoned and sexually abused.
What connects these terrible human stories, documented by the UN, is that they involve the deliberate use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war: “To terrorise communities and fracture families by the violation of taboos,” in the words of the UN Secretary-General, “signifying that nothing is sacred and no one is safe.” It affects hundreds and thousands of women and girls, as well as men and boys, worldwide.
The horror of these war crimes, crimes against humanity, even acts of genocide are compounded by the stigma endured by survivors who are often made to feel ashamed, rejected by their families and who suffer physical injuries and emotional trauma that can last a lifetime.
Because of stigma, conflict-related sexual violence is one of the least reported crimes in the world. It is intolerable that we effectively punish survivors more than perpetrators, simply by our collective failure to provide justice or change cultures that blame the survivor or minimise their suffering.
Read full article in press archive!
Angelina will attend the event ‘Fighting Stigma through Film’ which will take place 23-24 November 2018 at the British Film Institute in London. Photos and videos will be added as soon as they are released!
.@tariqahmadbt, @Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie & UN Special Rep on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten @endrapeinwar announce a Film Festival 'Fighting Stigma Through Film' 23-24 Nov the @BFI. Sign up via link below! #TimeToAct #EndStigma https://t.co/N1Ngm9t9Ei pic.twitter.com/JgPbDLuFoB
— SexualViolenceInWar (@end_svc) November 16, 2018
The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI), Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon has announced that the PSVI film festival, ‘Fighting Stigma through Film’ will take place on the 23-24 November 2018 at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London. PSVI Co-Founder and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will take part in the event.
The festival aims to harness the power of film to help fight the discrimination and social stigma faced by survivors of warzone rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict, and to support filmmakers from conflict-affected countries who are part of the fight against impunity and stigma in their own societies and worldwide.
Over two days there will be screenings of more than 35 films and documentaries from 14 countries, including Syria, Burma and Nigeria that illuminate the reality of conflict-related sexual violence. The screenings will be open to the public and will be combined with a series of discussions with filmmakers and leading experts on conflict-related sexual violence.
PSVI Co-Founder and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will join young filmmakers from conflict-affected and Commonwealth countries including Yemen, Burma, Sri Lanka and Syria, who are taking part in a series of workshops designed to help build their capacity to tell their stories and change attitudes in their own societies. Ms Jolie will also lead a Q+A session with Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner and preventing sexual violence activist, Dr Denis Mukwege.
Over two thirds (68%) of all the films being screened are directed or produced by women. Among the titles, the festival will host the world premiere for Leslie Thomas’ film ‘The Prosecutors’ which explores the fight to get justice for survivors of sexual violence.
The film festival is part of the build-up to the UK-hosted Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict International Conference in November 2019, which will aim to galvanise governments around the world into taking tangible new steps to address sexual violence in conflict, and to uphold international commitments to bring perpetrators to account.