Film Screening: Under the Shadow

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE,


Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Director, Under the Shadow

Sofia Coelho Candeias

Sofia Coelho Candeias

Member, UN Team of Experts on Sexual Violence and the Rule of Law

Vava Tampa

Vava Tampa

Founder, Save the Congo!


Joanne Neenan

Joanne Neenan

Research Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Documentary film screening and Q&A with Director Fiona Lloyd-Davies 

Under the Shadow tells the story of Masika Katsuva, who led Congo’s rape survivors to find healing, independence and justice through working together in the field.

We hear extraordinary confessions from soldiers, then witness a trial that could change the culture of rape in Eastern Congo. But can the women escape the shadow cast by this threat of sexual violence and will the spectre of justice bring hope and resolution? 

Under the Shadow was made with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

About the speakers

Fiona Lloyd-Davies is an award winning filmmaker & photojournalist, and one of the UK's most experienced foreign documentary and current affairs journalists. She’s been making films and taking pictures about human rights issues in areas of conflict since 1992, including in Bosnia, Iraq, Pakistan, and  the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her film about Honour Killing in Pakistan 'License to Kill' for BBC2 Correspondent strand helped bring about a change in the law in Pakistan and was awarded a Royal Television Society award for Best International Journalism. She was awarded a second RTS award in 2005 with Salam Pax, the Baghdad Blogger, for the series of films they made for the BBC’s flagship current affairs program Newsnight.   Her work has been broadcast on the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Al Jazeera English and her photography work has been published in The GuardianThe Observer MagazineThe Glasgow Herald Magazine and The Irish Times. Her on-going reporting from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo focuses on the sexual violence against the civilian population.

Sofia Coelho Candeias is a member of the UN Team of Experts on Sexual Violence and the Rule of Law where her work focuses on the promotion of accountability for sexual violence crimes. In her current role, she covers Central African Republic, the Congo and Mali as well as the global refugee crisis, with a special focus on Iraq and Syria. Prior to joining the UN Team of Experts, Sofia was the Criminal Justice Coordinator at the International Center for Transitional Justice where she focused on supporting national efforts on the investigation and prosecution of international crimes in Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Uganda (2012-2014). She has held posts with UNDP in Eastern Congo (2009-2012), was a member of the Legal Advisory Section of the War Crimes Chamber in Sarajevo (2006), and served as a Legal Officer with the Serious Crimes Unit in UNMISET in East Timor(2004-2005). Sofia began her career as a lawyer in 2003 at the newly established International Criminal Court.  She holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon, a M.A. in Criminology from the University of Leuven and a J.S.M. from Stanford Law School.

Vava Tampa Vava Tampa, a native of Congo, is an activist, a community organiser and founder of Save the Congo!, a London-based campaign tackling the human tragedy engulfing Congo. He has been quoted in debates in Parliament and his writtings and thoughts have appeared in The Guardian, CNN International and other national and international papers. He lives in Stoke Newington and he is reachable on Twitter: @VavaTampa

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