Silence of Reason

Šutnja razuma

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere
Forensic video essay built as a performative research into the first international criminal tribunal case to enter convictions for rape as a form of torture and for sexual enslavement as a crime against humanity. While working solely with visual archives and testimonies, Silence of Reason acts as memory itself: elusive, fluid, rejecting framing, and moving in all directions, both spatial and temporal. The singular experiences of violence and torture by women from the Foča rape camps during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina become our collective memories, surpassing time and space.
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Direction: Kumjana Novakova
Script: Kumjana Novakova
Editing: Jelena Maksimovic
Sound: Vladimir Živkovic
Production: Medea
Producers: Kumjana Novakova
Co-production: Pravo Ljudski
Production Design: Kumjana Novakova
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 64'
Contact: Institute of Documentary Film, Medea
Awards/Distinctions: Human Rights Award — Sarajevo FF 2023, Best Directing — IDFA 2023
Text selection and editing: Kumjana Novakova

Kumjana Novakova


2014 Sk (short, co-direction)
2014 When Clouds Burst (short, co-direction)
2016 It Could Be a Film (short)
2021 Disturbed Earth
2023 Silence of Reason