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Lumo - One Young Woman's Struggle to Heal in a Nation Beset By War (Documentary)
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The agonies of war torn Africa are deeply etched in the bodies of women. In eastern Congo, vying militias, armies and bandits use rape as a weapon of terror. Recently engaged to a young man from her village, 20 year-old Lumo Sinai couldn't wait to have children and start a family. But when she crossed paths with marauding soldiers who brutally attacked her, she was left with a fistula- a condition that has rendered her incontinent and threatens her ability to give birth in the future. Rejected by her fiancé and cast aside by her family, Lumo found her way to the one place that may save her: a hospital for rape survivors set on the border with Rwanda. Buoyed by the love of the hospital staff, and a formidable team of wise women known to all as "the Mamas," Lumo and her friends keep the hope of one day resuming their former lives, thanks to an operation that can restore them fully to health. A feisty young woman with a red comb perpetually jutting from her hair, Lumo faces the challenge of recovery with remarkable courage and sass. As she and her friends recover from surgery, they pass the days by gossiping and sharing their dreams of one day finding love. But when it looks like her operation may have failed, Lumo's faith is thrown entirely into question. On this uncertain road to recovery, Lumo shows that the solidarity of women can bind the most irreparable of wounds.
Top Customer Reviews
By John Chang on January 27, 2008
This is not an easy subject to tackle on film. The directors captured the depth of the emotions surrounding the trauma without letting it overshadow the hope the story meant to convey. When you watch the DVD, you're not just a bystander along for the ride. It puts you square into the film, as an active participant on the ground who commensurates with the successful recovery of some of the victims, and sympathize with the other victims whom have a longer path to recovery. Watch this DVD to get a full dose of the hope that can exist after the brutality of war, and feel yourself wanting to do something to expand that hope.
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