Sheryl Sandberg makes documentary about Hamas’ sexual violence against Israeli women

Weeks after leaving Facebook’s board, Sheryl Sandberg is filming a documentary in Israel that details the experiences of the women and girls who were raped and subjected to other forms of sexual violence by Hamas during the October 7 attack on Israel.

The hour-long documentary, tentatively titled “Screams Before Silence,” will feature first responders and medical experts as well as interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses to the attacks. According to Deadline, the documentary is scheduled to be released in April.

Four months after the attacks, the full extent of the sexual violence perpetrated by Hamas is still being revealed, but there is a clear pattern of horrific rape and mutilation committed by Hamas forces as a war tactic. There is even evidence that men were also raped.

Sandberg is producing the film with Israeli company Kastina Communications, the company that produced the first season of “Fauda” and, according to the Wall Street Journal, has produced eight other films about Israel’s war with Hamas. While those other films were produced for Israeli television audiences, “Screams Before Silence” will be shot primarily in English and will be distributed internationally.

In this context, “Fauda” has become more popular in the United States thanks to the actions of several cast and crew members following the October 7 Hamas attacks. Star Idan Amedi, a singer and actor who enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces in October, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries during fighting in Gaza in early January.

Meanwhile, “Fauda” actor Lior Raz also risked his life in October when he tried to remove two families from a town in southern Israel that was being bombed by Hamas forces. And one crew member, Matan Meir, was killed in action in November.

Sandberg stepped down from Facebook’s board in January after 12 years.

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