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Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Mujer de Soldado (Soldier’s Woman) (15*)

Cinema On Demand

a group of women sit together up in the mountains

Magda Surichaqui Cóndor was a teenager when soldiers arrived in her small Peruvian village in 1984.

Sent to root out members of the Shining Path movement, soldiers of the Peruvian army used their sweeping powers to rape and humiliate local women, leaving them shunned by their own communities, often with children in tow.

Years later, Magda has joined a number of other women in bringing charges against their abusers. With respectful intimacy, the film follows Magda and her friends as they reminisce over their youth and their lives, whilst they sit and chew coca leaves, peeling potatoes and spinning wool.

This is a deeply moving picture of female solidarity that provides space for the dignity of these women's experiences that has long-been denied.

Register for free and join us for a live ScreenTalk via zoom at 8.30pm on Thu 25 Mar with director Patricia Wiesse Risso, producer Jenny Velapatiño, and Ximena Casas, Women's Rights Researcher, HRW.

Peru 2020 Dir Patricia Wiesse Risso 83min


This film is fully subtitled in English.

This film contains references to sexual violence, torture and violence that viewers may find disturbing.

UK Digital Premiere

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‘Mujer de Soldado centres the stories of the women who have been silenced for a long time and who continue to be marginalized within their communities and in Peru as a whole‘
Jose Miguel Vivanco, Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch

Filmmaker Introduction

a group of women sit together up in the Peruvian mountains

Filmmaker Introduction: Mujer de Soldado (Soldier’s Woman)

Director Patricia Wiesse Risso introduces her film, Mujer de Soldado (Soldier’s Woman) for Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021.

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