By Keren SHAYO


Documentary - Completed 2013

Live calls from the torture camps in Sinai: since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees flee their military dictator-ruled country north to Israel, crossing the Sinai desert. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouins and taken to one of the hidden camps.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ISRAEL
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 58 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Keren SHAYO
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/29F7-E8C7-A369-7F31-6F44-N
    • Producer(s)
    • Galit CAHLON (Trabelsi), Osnat TRABELSI (Trabelsi)
    • Synopsis
    • The film intimately follows Meron Estefanos, an Eritrean journalist-activist living in Sweden since many years, running a popular online radio program, publishing the stories of these camps while recording their inmates' pleas for help.
      We are with Meron when she searches for Timinit, a girl of 20 years who arrived at the Israeli border but from there is never seen again. And we follow the story of a man who desperately tries to free his wife, who gives birth to their child in captivity.
      When Eritrea gained independence in 1993, it became a military dictatorship. Military service is obligatory for everyone; women are exempted only when pregnant. Any critic or opponent of the regime faces immediate arrest. Around 3,000 Eritreans flee their country every month, despite a "shoot-to-kill" policy on the borders. In the last decade, more than 300,000 Eritreans have fled their homeland, also to Europe.
      SOUND OF TORTURE gives a face to those nobody cares about, touching political, cultural, and geographical matters.