Three women. Three heroines. Three stories.
They live in three different countries and cultures, have different educations and their lives have had different fates.
Despite that, they have much in common. Ritu is a young Indian woman who was attacked with acid when she was seventeen. Fomuso lives in West African Cameroon and fights against the old tradition of breast ironing. Oryakhil was born in Afghanistan, possibly the hardest country for a woman. Only 15% of the women in Afghanistan can read and write. Basic human rights are denied to them. Despite the odds, Oryakhil completed medical school and ran her medical practice in secret even during the time of the Taliban.
Oryakhil, Ritu and Fomuso defied their fate and now can help themselves, and others too. They are the‘Unbroken Women’.
Story written and directed by Jarmila Štuková, Olga Šilhová, Markéta
Kutilová, Lenka Klicperová
Length: 56 minutes.
The documentary was made with the support of the Czech Develpoment Agency.
Women in the land of the Taliban (2014)
They live in cruel conditions of extreme poverty and most of them can’t read or write. All decisions are made for them by men. But some women defied their situation in Afghanistan and gained an education. Now these women are pilots, one is an army general, some play football for the national team.
This film about the lives of contemporary Afghan women was made by by Lenka Klicperová and Jarmila Štuková.
In this documentary the filmmakers Lenka Klicperová and Jarmila Štuková visit Afghanistan to find out how the local women live in a land devastated by a bloody civil war. They visit a refugee camp near the capital Kabul, one of the many camps where desperate people, mostly women and children, escaped the fighting between the Taliban and United Armies. They interview women in prisons, a female member of the Afghan Parliament, a general and a pilot. They debate the issue of child and forced marriages in their interviews, the wearing of the burqa, education and the possibility of women’s participation in the political management of their country.
Tears of Congo (2009)
A shocking testimony from the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
„When we arrived at the Hutu camp, I found my brother who had been captured in a village ambush. He was tied to a tree. A couple of soldiers raped me in front of him. Then they started torturing him. Step by step they were cutting his limbs off, and finally his head. They forced me to watch but I couldn’t do anything to stop it. Then they threw my brother’s body into the fire and forced me to eat his flesh…“ (Siska, 25 years, East Congo)
Eastern Congo was in the epicentre of a raging war for over a decade. This documentary, shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the escalation in fighting in November 2008, tells the shocking stories of local women and children.
Paradoxically, the reason for the country’s misery is its wealth, mainly the reserves of Coltan, a mineral used in mobile phones and notebooks. It is a huge business, involving many international companies. The Coltan industry in the Congo set in motion a spiral of violence from which there was no escape. The result is hundreds of thousands of victims. Rape became a weapon of mass destruction in the jungle of Eastern Congo.
The film follows the journey of two Czech journalists – Lenka Klicperová and Olga Šilhová, who travelled to the remote villages in the area of Bunyakiri controlled by the Hutus who 15 years previously soaked neigbouring Rwanda in blood…
The documentary won an award at the Ekofilm 2009 International Film Festival for Environment, Nature and Cultural Heritage, and at Feminafilm 2009. It was premiered on Czech Television 13 October 2010
Premiere: 8 September 2009
Directed by: Petr Kašpar, CZ, 2009
Story and script: Lenka Klicperová
Director of photography: Olga Šilhová
Subtitles: English, French, German
Length: 40 minutes
Latim – Circumcised (2011)
Two Czech journalists, Lenka Klicperová and Olga Šilhová, gained the trust of women from the north Kenyan Samburu tribe. They lived in their village and talked with the women about their problems and also about their joys. In these uniquely revealing confessions Samburu women allowed them to look behind the scenes of a bloody ritual called female circumcision.
The documentary was first aired on Czech Televison on 10 March 2013.
“They shaved my head in the morning and gave me the ceremonial necklace. The whole day was very ceremonial. In the evening they laid me down on a hide in front of entrance to the house. The women were holding me by my legs and shoulders. It hurt terribly. Unimaginably…”, says Elisabeth, 31, a Samburu woman from Nagida village.
In northern Kenya, female circumcision is commonplace. Samburu people take it as a part of life, an act their ancestors performed throughout time, and which, therefore, has to be continued. They do not give any practical or other reason for it – It’s always been done and it will stay that way. Full stop.
The Samburu people believe that if a woman is not circumcised, she is not a responsible adult. She is of no value to society, she is just a child. Only circumcised woman can be married and respected. For the Samburu, the clitoris and the labia are something which can simply be shortened, just like hair or nails.
Iraqi Women (2012)
This documentary views Iraq through the eyes of women who suffered during the reign of Saddam and whose personal dramas have not ended even years after he was deposed. His cruel dictatorship was replaced by chaos where obscurantism and violence flourish.
A documentary film for Fokus 24 series, Czech Television.
When we hear the name Iraq, most of us recall the dramatic images from news agencies, showing suicide attacks, explosions and violence. Unfortunately these scenes are not an exaggeration. Some parts of Iraq continue to be dangerous. But even in these areas of the country both ordinary and extraordinary people live their daily lives, despite the danger all around them.
A team of three female documentary makers – Lenka Klicperová, Olga Šilhová and Jarmila Štuková – travelled to Iraq to find how contemporary Iraqi women live. Whether they live in the capital Baghdad or in much calmer Kurdistan, they all have their problems, worries and sorrows.
In Baghdad they face constant danger from extremists, both Shia and Sunni. Nataša, a Czech woman and the only compatriot still living in Baghdad, is familiar with the situation. Going out is extremely dangerous for her, she has stayed inside her house for the past eight years. Kurdish women in the north of the country have a similar problem but in their case it is tradition that keeps them inside their homes. A woman must not disgrace the family name or else she may meet a merciless punishment, which is – death…
Around South Kivu (2010) – Czech Television
In the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo there has been a raging war for the past decade It is one of the world’s most forgotten wars.Although the war has already cost almost five millions lives, the international media pays little attention to it.
The Congolese people live their ordinary lives with daily joys and sorrows, even in the conflict zones. The fishermen with their nets sail on the lake in search of a small haul; women visit hairdressers while the children are at school. After the last lesson is finished, the school turns into a tailoring workshop. Many people’s lives depend on the ubiquitous palm trees and the nuts from which oil and wine is made; they drink it after eating fufu, the traditional Congolese dish. Their hard life is in a great contrast with the beauty of the rain forest, which is still a home to several dozen bands of gorillas.
The war drove the Pygmy people out of the forests. Originally hunter gatherers, they have now been forced to learn how to farm alongside the Bantu tribes.
Creators: Lenka Klicperová, Markéta Kutilová and Jaroslav Jindra
SHORTER REPORTAGES (SELECTION):
Like a Virgin (2014)
Northern Albania is a country tied up with traditions that are in direct contrast to the life of globalized Europe. Some traditions have irretrievably vanished, such as the tradition of the burnëshe or virgins – women who live their entire lives as men. They take the oath of virginal purity to replace the missing or incompetent men as heads of family clans.
The reportage won the first price in the Czech Press Photo 2014 contest
Written and directed by Lenka Klicperová and Jarmila Štuková. Edited by Petr Kašpar
TV Nova Střepiny – Reportage by L. Klicperová and J. Štuková from Iraq (October 2014)
This is a reportage film from Iraqi refugee camps and the frontline. It tells the story of people who are experiencing endless suffering caused by the Islamic State, but also talks about those who’ve decided to risk their lives and fight.
Prima SVET : Czech Women in Afghanistan (2012)
This documentary features courageous Czechs and one Czech-Spanish woman in Logar, Afghanistan who were working as part of the Provincial reconstruction team, under the protection of Czech soldiers. They could be seen wearing a helmet and vest while helping to improve the lives of the local people following the end of the reign of the Taliban. The film was shot for Prima SVĚT, on the hot Islamic soil, by two other brave women – Lenka Klicperová and Jarmila Štuková
Prima SVET : A Czech Woman in Baghdad (2012)
Nataša al-Rádí Cimbálová is a successful pianist. She has lived in the Iraqi capital for over 45 years and her life is often in danger. Once she was almost killed in her house. She plays the piano, teaches and wins prizes. Reportage by Lenka Klicperová, Olga Šilhová and Jarmila Štuková.
Objektiv (Lens) – Afghanistan – Women, Czech Televison (2013)
Journalist and publicist Lenka Klicperová and photographer Jarmila Štuková are well known as a small filmmaking team who travel beyond safe borders. They are not motivated by adrenalin or popularity. Both women take risks to bring important testimonies about the lives of those who live in countries we only know of from newspaper headlines. People may recall their reportages from Iraq and Kurdistan; now they are covering Afghanistan and – Lenka’s specialist topic – Women.