"Jessica Vale's wrenching documentary examines the cultural underpinnings of sexual violence in Liberia, along with the seeming impossibility of effecting justice for its youngest victims... Vale effectively shines a light on the horrible plight of young girls and women in an often brutal, still largely tribal culture. A profoundly sad but eye opening documentary, this is recommended."  Video Librarian Magazine 2015

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Small Small Thing

Directed by Jessica Vale
Produced by Nika Offenbac & Jessica Vale
Over 10 festival awards and TV premiere on Al Jazeera English

Released: 2014
Running time: 84 mins
English and local dialects with English captions

Subjects: Women/Gender Studies, African Studies, Human Rights, Female Medicine

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Rape is dirty, rape is nasty, and we have to bring that nasty conversation into open spaces. Take it to churches, mosques, schools, government buildings. Bring men into the conversation…whether you find yourself in the north, south, east, or west, it’s time for people to join hands and see rape not just as a women’s issue, but as an issue that is effecting society. It’s one of the diseases that our societies have that we need to get rid of.
— Leymah Gbowee, Liberian activist and Nobel Laureate