Unwatchable is a very powerful short film with the aim of campaigning and raising awareness of the conflict mineral war and violent rape as a tactic of war that has been occurring in the Congo, in which on average 1,000 women are violated on a daily basis, yet the world has barely batted an eyelid. The conflict minerals are used in everyday items such as mobile phones and laptops, which means that with the ever increasing demanding for technology where approx 1 billion mobile phones will be sold this year alone, we (the consumers) are, in one way or another, complicit.
The angle in which Unwatchable attempts to capture the viewers attention and alert them to action is controversial, to say the least, as the film tells the story of rape victim from the Congo, however, it is set in an English home county, a location where scenes like this are highly unfamiliar.
The Guardian wrote a review about the film and the screening that happened yesterday evening, and concluded it as a form of shock tactics amongst other things.
Having watch the film at the screening, my opinion is that, though it can be viewed as shock tactics, it is also a day to day reality. Are we so oblivious - from the comfort of our homes, on our laptops, iphones and blackberrys - to the state of the world that we cannot come to terms and deal with the horrific situation of people in another place in the world in which we are inadvertently involved?
Watch the film here (the link below). Viewer discretion is strongly advised. The scenes are shocking. However, bear in mind that the purpose of the film and the campaign is to bring this to an end.
This film was made in association with http://www.savethecongo.co.uk/
If humanity should so move you to want to see these kinds of atrocities put to an end, please join the campaign and support the organisations that are working to change the situation.