PUMA Creative Impact Award Shortlist: 'Weapon Of War' Looks At Trauma Of Rape, For Both Perpetrators And Victims

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Ever wanted to make a documentary and change the world, just a little bit? These people have.

The Britdoc foundation have shortlisted five documentaries, which have already had significant social impact on the world and its environment, with the winner of the PUMA Creative Impact Award to be announced in November - in recognition of the film deemed to have made the biggest positive change. The makers of the winning film will receive E50,000 to help further its message to an even broader audience.

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Soldiers of the Congo speak out about using sexual violence as a weapon

HuffPost UK is the editorial partner of this Award, and each week we will be featuring each of the five shortlisted films in turn.

Last week, we looked at 'Gasland', which investigated the effects of 'fracking'.

This week, Weapon of War...

Weapon of War, made in 2009 by Ilse and Femke van Velzen, gives voice to both the soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo who have used rape as a weapon during decades of conflict, and their victims. Bravely, it brings the parties together in dramatic and moving confrontations as both sides try to come to terms with their brutal pasts and break the circle of sexual violence.

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The film brings together perpetrators and victims for moving confrontations

This film, made in the heart of the DRC, has already been recognised by Amnesty International for its unblinking look at one of war's great taboos. In personal interviews, soldiers and former combatants provide frank but shocking testimony about rape in the DRC and how, despite differing motivation or personal status, all reveal how years of conflict, as well as discrimination against women, have normalized brutal sexual violence. We also see former rapists struggling to change their own or others' behaviour, and reintegrate into their communities.

Click here to learn more about the Britdoc Foundation and the film Weapon of War...

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