Congo + Deaf Women = Marginalization

Did you know that if you are female and deaf in the Democratic Republic of Congo that this society see them as a defect and/or as one having demonic possession?

A new and upcoming short documentary is making its way into the short film industry that is showing just how gripping it is to be a female and be deaf while living in Democratic Republic of Congo. In fact, this film follows four deaf women as they try to overcome their everyday struggles to survive that deaf women are seen as a defect or having demonic possession, but to show otherwise, that these women are strong, defiant and are thriving within their overshadowed communities.

Inner Me, a Antonio Spano film, launched a Kickstarter campaign fifteen days ago, with their goal of raising $15,000 by December 22, 2015. As of now, they have met near or close the halfway mark by raising $6,000. With less than 11 days left, they are in a dire need to fundraise fast. Antonio Spano has done two other films, The Silent Chaos and Animal Park, both have gotten critical acclaim all over the world.Immaculée quote

In Inner Me, Spano hope is to show the world how four deaf women, Jemima, Immaculee, Sylvie and Stuka, show to the world even after 20 years of civil war that it is still commonly believed that disabilities originate from evil sprits cursing a family. Antonio, self-financing this film, got the idea from his previous documentary, The Silent Chaos, returned to speak for the women of Butembo who were deaf and share their stories.

Producers of Inner Me, Antonio and Giacomo Spano are in a tough spot since with using Kickstarter as their fundraising platform, they have to raise $15,000 or more or they get nothing. Potential supporters can back their project by pledging from $5 or higher.

Sylvie wide adIn Congo, women’s voices are often downplayed, ignored; they often become victims of historically systemic rape culture, and often suffer oppression, discrimination and never-ending abuse. What’s even worse is that women who are deaf faces the worst of all of these horrific offenses. Mr Spano writes on his website that with his experience with these women he was able to create a relationship of trust. He wanted to find a way for the women to not feel the camera “as an Intruder”. Thus, he worked daily by following these women inside their everyday lives and essentially capturing their more intimate realities in dealing in their marginalized lives.

According to Antonio Spano, he writes, “The film will inspire many kinds of people regardless of their background and whether they have normal hearing or are deaf. At its hearts it is a story about women, courage, and the importance of communication and relationships in our lives”.

With a limited time-frame, the deaf people of Butembo need your help to give them a voice to their struggles in Congo.

Let their voices be heard around the world.

To learn more about the Kickstarter campaign, please visit

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