Our interest in Survivor Centered Filmmaking Practices arose during our advoacy campaign to bring awareness to the unethical practices in the making of Sabaya, a film featuring Yazidi survivors of sexual enslavement. We continue to advocate against exploitative filmmaking and to bring best practices in working respectfully with survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

Campaign Updates

Sabaya: Director accused of faked scenes, heroes lied to separate children from mothers

A two-part investigative report on Sabaya in Kvartal by Swedish journalist Ludde Hellberg that exposes the following: The movie is significantly based on a falsehood, states Peter Galbraith, former US ambassador. The film’s protagonists forced several of those women to be separated from their children, promising they would later be reunited. Those who refused were kept […]

Resource List for R.E.S.T. Summit Session

Here are some resources that we recommend to our attendees at our session “Beyond Trauma Informed: Understanding Reciprocal Impact” at Video Consortium’s REST Summit. Our panelists: Sherizaan Minwalla-Human Rights Lawyer Twitter Sherizaan’s Re-Present Media blog post about Sabaya Voices of Yazidi women: Perceptions of journalistic practices in the reporting on ISIS sexual violence Joann Depetro-Licensed […]

Re-Present Media at The R.E.S.T. Summit

Re-Present Media is excited to present a session at The Video Consortium’s R.E.S.T. Summit at 12pm ET on Friday, March 25th, 2022 that will introduce filmmakers and journalists to a new model of filmmaking that centers participants and their agency in storytelling, and is informed by our previous campaign work on “Sabaya” Re-Present Media founder, […]



Silence and Omissions: A Media Guide for Covering Gender-Based Violence
A comprehensive guide for journalists and filmmakers for covering gender-based violence created by the Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University.
Dart Centre Guidelines for Reporting on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Guidelines created by the Dart Centre Europe for how to report on sexual violence specifically in conflict zones.
Murad Code
A global code of conduct for gathering and using information about systemic and conflict-related sexual violence. The Murad Code project also contains practical guidance to the code, survivors’ charter or survivors’ perspectives documents, and “survivor’s guide,” a toolkit for survivors which will assist them to better understand and demand respect and protection for their rights during documentation processes.
Dealing with Trauma and Survivors of Trauma
Editorial guidance and policy from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that is survivor centered, also includes their guidance notes on reporting domestic violence and terrorism.
The Hague Principles on Sexual Violence
The principles include general guidance on what makes violence “sexual,” especially to survivors, the International Criminal Law Guidelines on Sexual Violence, and the Key Principles for Policy Makers on Sexual Violence. Created by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.