Hidden Truth is a candid and intimate portrayal of the effects of domestic violence on women and children in rural Zambia.
The documentary is told through the eyes of five women, all victims of domestic violence, and their children and siblings. They provide a moving account of the emotional, psychological and physical trauma that they have suffered, and highlight the need for better legislation to protect victims of domestic violence.
In a country where more than half of Zambian women over the age of 15 have suffered physical abuse and where women are discouraged from speaking out, Hidden Truth provides insight into a world that is rarely exposed.
The documentary was filmed by the Samfya Women Filmmakers – the filmmaking group who were featured in Where the Water Meets the Sky - who use film as a way to challenge injustices in their community and advocate for change.
In a culture where women have traditionally been discouraged from expressing their opinions, these brave filmmakers are opening up unprecedented dialogue on the issue.—Ann Cotton, Camfed