Weapon of War
Netherlands/Congo | 2009 | 59 minutes | Color | DVD | French/Swahili | Subtitled | Order No. 111033
"…viewers will better understand the chilling traumatization of war and of how soldiers gain a sickness that will not go away…Weapon of War is not merely a tale of brutality, but also of the transformation of some who have ‘come back to themselves’…"
"The filmmakers go beyond mere description of the crimes, searching for solutions that would allow the victims and perpetrators to reclaim their sense of dignity."
“Recommended. The film strongly conveys…how the violence and inhumanity spawned by war impact individual lives and nations.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Movies That Matter Film Festival, The Netherlands
- Warsaw International Film Festival Planet Doc Review, WINNER, Amnesty International Award
Femke & Ilse van Velzen
Born in 1980, twin sisters Ilse and Femke van Velzen are a documentary filmmaking team that aim to expose cultural injustices. The two sisters each studied social and cultural development in Amsterdam and Utrecht. After graduating in 2002, they began their own production company IFPRODUCTIONS in March 2003. IFPRODUCTIONS gives the sisters the freedom to work as independent filmmakers and producers.
The sisters use their films as educational tools, and travel to developing countries to screen their films. These screenings help expose the inequality and violence to local communities in their current living conditions. The inspiration for the van Velzen sisters’ films is promoting human rights and women’s rights across the globe. (02/11)