Documentary films are powerful tools to expose human rights violations, abuses and motivate audience to take actions. Often they are in-depth and informative resources which is a great platform to create dialogue. However, documentary films also generate emotions, empathy and brings people to a temporal community that is united by powerful story-telling. Therefore, such films are in a unique position to act as starting point for further discussions: after screening people that might come from different walks of life are given a resource to talk and discuss the issues that they just have seen in the screen. In this way, everybody has a source of knowledge and reference, no matter how much they had known about the topic before the screening.
It is also important to note that despite the power of the documentary films as a media, discussions after the films are of crucial importance, especially, if the films discuss such complicated problems as gender-based violence.
Please read this short guideline about using documentary films to increase awareness about gender-based violence.