After The Silent Chaos, set in Congo, the film maker Antonio Spanò has created a new documentary with the screenwriting and production of Giacomo Spanò.
Inner Me is a short documentary that intimately portrays the struggles of 4 deaf women in the city of Butembo, in North Kivu, DR Congo, a country defined by war. In Congo women’s voices are rarely heard; victims of a systemic rape culture, women often experience oppression, discrimination and abuse.
Being deaf marginalizes a woman even more. Congolese society considers certain kinds of diversity a threat and still believes that disabilities originated from evil spirits cursing a family. Deaf people cannot hear and can’t be heard. They are outcasts in their own home, cut off from communication and society.
Jemima, the story’s little guide takes us through the dusty red roads of Butembo inviting us to witness her world through her own eyes. While following Jemima through crowded markets, slaughterhouses and bat hunting scenes, we encounter 3 other women, Immaculée, Stuka and Sylvie.
This is a note of the film maker:
Inner Me is our inner voice. That voice that is so clear within us, but that we might have difficulties expressing to the world. Within all human beings, regardless of who they are, resides an inner voice. Communication and relationships are primal necessities for all of us, and as a filmmaker I am interested in telling stories about the challenges we all face in revealing to others our world, what we are thinking, what we feel and what we desire. These challenges influence the way we relate to everything around us.Deaf people are the example of the effort it takes to communicate our inner selves.
Joe schievano contribuited to the creation and production of some sound track songs, including the opening track Shock Anthem
With Soundrivemotion he attended to the audio postproduction, with the collaboration of mr. Simone Chivilò