Silence of Reason

Silence of Reason

63' 2023
dir.: Kumjana Novakova

Shocking testimony on the weaponization of sexual violence during the Balkan conflicts. An experimental film edited exclusively from evidence of the Tribunal in The Hague. 

Rare is the documentary that bears the weight of the latest film from Kumjana Novakova. It is initially difficult to reconcile the grainy photos of indeterminate urban landscapes with the women's voices describing the systematic sexual violence used during the 1990s Bosnian war dispassionately and matter-of-factly. This simple tactic gives rise to a symbolic dimension as years later the victims have finally been able to speak out. Moreover, these shocking monologues are the record of sworn testimony before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Testimony that led to the conviction and sentencing of criminals in uniform. The film's visual narrative, composed of ostensibly mundane images of tenement houses and apartment blocks, is a catalogue of documented crime scenes. 

Konrad Wirkowski  


2023 Sarajevo FF (Best Human Rights Documentary)
2023 IDFA (Best Directing Award Envision Competition)

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63' 2023 North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kumjana Novakova
Jelena Maksimović
Pravo Ljudski
Online availability
1-10 December