UN Event with "Seeds of Hope" Screening and Filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Masika and Espoir. Photo courtesy of Fiona Lloyd-Davies, "Seeds of Hope," Studio 9 Film.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 02:00pm EST (GMT -0500)

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Fiona Lloyd-Davies screens "Seeds of Hope" at the United Nations Library, Thursday, November 20. The Pulitzer Center-supported documentary, and the related reporting project, explores how one woman in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo has given hope to other rape survivors by creating a farming community and support network.

The film screening, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, is hosted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

"Seeds of Hope" follows Masika Katsuva, herself a rape survivor, who has built a center in the DRC to provide medical, practical, and psychological support to thousands of women and children. Together, they cultivate crops of maize and beans and share their experiences, to heal, to rebuild their lives, and to plant their seeds of hope. The Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project in Congo by Lloyd-Davies resulted in "Seeds of Hope."

Lloyd-Davies is an award-winning BBC and Al Jazeera documentary filmmaker and photojournalist who’s been making films and taking pictures about human rights issues in areas of conflict since 1992. Her on-going reporting from the DRC focuses on sexual violence against the civilian population, including by government soldiers, as well as resource extraction.

Screening and Discussion
Thursday, November 20
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
UN Headquarters
Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium
United Nations Library - Room L-105
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017