A Love During the War

Director: Osvalde Lewat-Hallade
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon
Year: 2005
Running Time: 63 min.
Language: English

What are the consequences when rape is used as a weapon of war? This moving documentary explores this question from the perspective of women in Africa, where this tragedy is witnessed again and again. Aziza and her husband were separated when the Congo-Kinshasa war broke out in 1996. Six years later, they reunite in Kinshasa. They are now rebuilding their family life with their four children. However, the horrors suffered by other women in eastern DRC during the war still haunt journalist Aziza. She wonders what happened to Feza, the little girl for which she used to care. Mention spéciale du jury Vues d’Afrique and FESPACO 2005.

About the Director

Osvalde Lewat

OSVALDE LEWATBiography: Osvalde Lewat is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of Native Americans. With Au-delà de la peine, Lewat tells the story of a prisoner who, after being sentenced to four years in jail for a minor offense, is imprisoned for thirty-three years. In her 2009 film, Black Business, Lewat addresses the question posed by Nigerian Nobel Laureate author Wole Soyinka: “They say Africans are not ready for democracy. So I wonder: have they ever been ready for dictatorship?” Lewat studied at Sciences Po in Paris.

(Sources:
http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/a-love-during-the-war/
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.120)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2007);
A Love during the War (2007);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2008);
Sderot, Last Exit (2012);
Land Rush (2013 – Hugo Berkeley, Osvalde Lewat).

Filmography:
Upsa Yimoowin [The Pipe of Hope] (2000);
Itilga [The Destinies] (2001 – Osvalde Lewat, Cyrille Masso);
140, rue du Bac (2001);
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2003);
A Love during the War (2005);
Les Disparus de Douala (2006);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2007);
Sderot, Last Exit (2011);
Land Rush (2012 – Hugo Berkeley, Osvalde Lewat).