The Man Who Mends Women

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The Man Who Mends Women is the portrait of the impressive life and work of internationally renowned gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo. He received the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2014 for his struggle against sexual violence. Dr. Mukwege has medically assisted over 40,000 sexually abused women in sixteen years of professional practice. Sexual violence against women has been used as a weapon of war for years in the violence-ridden and poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo. Besides his work as a physician, Dr. Mukwege also defends human rights and seeks to raise global awareness on the issue of sexual violence in his country. In this intimate portrait, Belgian filmmaker Thierry Michel intersperses interviews with Dr. Mukwege, survivors, and activists with stunning images of the Congo’s natural beauty, underscoring the stark contrasts that comprise the Democratic Republic of Congo today.

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