My self-shot and self-edited documentary focuses on the emotionally demanding, unrecognised work that forensic nurses do in assisting rape victims and helping fight sex crimes.
In South Africa, over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime with only 1 in 4 rapes reported*. 50% of children under the age of 18 are sexually abused* and only 14% of perpetrators are sent to jail*. Partly due to this low conviction rate, a lot of them are reoffend, most of them having committed their first act of a sexual crime before the age of 10*.
The documentary follows two forensic nurses as they reflect on some of their challenging moments and discuss why so many of them consider leaving the field. We also hear from a 28-year-old survivor of rape and hear of the story of a 3-year-old survivor.
I was able to make the documentary mainly thanks to a grant and support I received from One World Media, a great organisation supporting upcoming journalists and filmmakers aiming to tell untold stories from developing countries, as they say.
I am happy to share it has screened in both Southampton and London, with new screening dates yet to be announced below!
- Southampton Film Week - 10 November 2016
- Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, London - 13 February 2017
I will be writing an article based on the documentary and will share it on my website.
Please do get in touch if you're interested in finding out more or wish to screen it.
Won Steve Harris Award for Best Original Story at the 2017 Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards
Shortlisted for the 2017 One World Media Awards
Feast of Film with Southampton Film Week - Daily Echo
Feast of Film with Southampton Film Week - York Press
- In South Africa, over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime with only 1 in 4 rapes reported* - South African Institute of Race Relations
- 50% of children under the age of 18 are sexually abused* - Medico-Legal Findings, Legal Case Progression, and Outcomes in South African Rape Cases: Retrospective Review, by Rachel Jewkes, Nicola Christofides, Lisa Vetten, Ruxana Jina, Romi Sigsworth, Lizle Loots. Medical Research Council. Published: October 13, 2009
- Only 14% of perpetrators are sent to jail* - Rape on trial in South Africa, by Clare Kapp. Published: 04 March 2006
- Most of them having committed their first act of a sexual crime before the age of 10* - Understanding men's health and use of violence: interface of rape and HIV in South Africa, by Rachel Jewkes, Yandisa Sikweyiya1, Robert Morrell, Kristin Dunkle. South African Medical Research Council. Published June 2009.