Inner Me is a short documentary that weaves together the stories of Immaculée, Jemima, Sylvie and Stuka, 4 deaf women struggling against marginalization in the city of Butembo, in North Kivu, DR Congo, a country defined by war.
While filming his previous documentary The Silent Chaos in Butembo, director Antonio met a community of deaf people and was deeply moved by their need to communicate and share their experiences. He returned to Butembo in 2014 to help the voiceless narrate their own stories.
In Congo women’s voices are rarely heard. Victims of a systemic rape culture, women often face oppression, discrimination and abuse.
Being deaf marginalizes a woman even more. People who can’t hear and can’t be heard are outcasts in their own home. Congolese society commonly believes deaf people, among others with disabilities, are possessed by demons cursing their families.
Through their eyes and intimate reflections, the women share their powerful stories of struggle and survival revealing the beautiful resilience of the human spirit.
Inner Me is our inner voice. That voice that is so clear within us, but that we all have had difficulties revealing to the world. Communication and relationships are primal necessities for all of us. Deaf people are the example of the effort it takes to communicate our Inner Me.
LIS video presentation by Eyes Made:
To know more about the film please visit innermemovie.com.
Immaculée became deaf when she was 6 after contracting bacterial meningitis. In high school she was a bright and hardworking student and graduated earning higher grades than most of her hearing classmates. She dreams of going to university.
Jemima, the story's guide, is a hard working student in her 6th year at the Butembo School for the Deaf. She spends her free time exploring the chaotic streets of the city. In the story we follow her into the beating heart of Butembo and witness her world through her own eyes.
Stuka lost most of her family during the civil war. She works as an apprentice at a tailor's shop in the suburbs of Butembo with no salary because she is deaf so she has to depend on her relatives. She dreams of becoming independent by making and selling her own clothes.
Sylvie became deaf when she was 4 after contracting bacterial meningitis. She is a single mother and makes a living selling fruit in the streets of Butembo. Her story of courage and determination is shown through her relationship with her hearing daughter.
Inner Me will inspire many kinds of people regardless of their background and whether they have normal hearing or are deaf. It is a story about women, courage and the power of communication and relationships in our lives.
We are so close to finishing our film, but the reality is we need your support to cover the post-production expenses and share the project with the world.
With your help we will reach our funding goal of €14,000 (about $15,000/£10,000), which is the absolute minimum in order to complete the film and bring the project to life.
The money raised will go directly towards:
- Original soundtrack
- Sound editing and mixing
- Color correction
- Voiceover, translations and subtitling
- Graphic design
- Promotional material and prints
- Submission fees to international film festivals
There are also additional costs, like Kickstarter fees and fulfilling and shipping rewards out to you.
Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform, so we will only receive funding if we reach 100% of our goal of €14,000 by the deadline.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- BACK THE PROJECT. Check out our rewards and pledge whatever you can. Any large or small contribution brings us one step closer to reaching our goal and giving a voice to these stories.
- SPREAD THE WORD! Please share our Kickstarter page on Twitter and Facebook and tell your friends and family about the project.
- Follow us on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook.
We are sincerely grateful for your support.
More detailed information on some of our rewards:
Postcard collection of stills from Inner Me. View images here.
DVD copy of Antonio's award winning film The Silent Chaos. Check out trailer here.
One week stay in Siena, Italy with the film director!
If you have any questions about the rewards - please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inner Me is Antonio's third film set in Congo as director and editor, after The Silent Chaos, selected in over 60 film festivals around the world and winner of 15 awards, and Animal Park, the most selected and awarded Italian short documentary of 2014.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges for independent filmmakers is funding. With the money raised through Kickstarter, we will be able to complete post-production and make the film the best it can be before submitting it to festivals around the world. We hope our supporters will help us spread the word about the project in order to raise awareness about the struggles of deaf people in Congo.
Inner Me will hopefully be screened at several international film festivals in 2016. Due to the uncertain dates of the film's festival screenings and distribution details, there might be slight delays in delivering the DVDs and digital streaming links to our backers. We will keep our supporters up to date with any changes in reward fulfillment dates and ship the rewards as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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