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Lumo

Lumo

At the age of 20, Lumo Sinai fell victim to “Africa’s First World War”. While returning home one day, Lumo and another woman were gang-raped by a group of soldiers fighting for control of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. As a result, Lumo suffered from a traumatic fistula, a chronic condition that leaves her incontinent and unable to bear children. Rejected by her fiancé and most of the village, she finds her way to the one place that may save her: a hospital for rape survivors along the border with Rwanda. On her uncertain road to recovery, Lumo shows that the solidarity of women can bind the most irreparable of wounds.

Student Academy Award winner for Best Documentary 2007

Producers: Louis Abelman, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Nelson Walker III
Director: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Script: Lynn True
With: Lumo Sinai
Runtime: 50 min
Language: Swahili and French with English subtitles