Federation Studios and Ananey Studios, Paramount‘s Tel Aviv-based company, are joining forces to produce “Forever Shattered” (working title), an investigative documentary on the sexual crimes committed by Hamas during its Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
“Forever Shattered” is directed by Benoît Bringer, a filmmaker and investigative journalist who previously helmed docs including “The Rise of Wagner,” “The Caviar Connection” and “Panama Papers: The Hold-Up of the Century.”
This new documentary will look at how Hamas has used rape and sexual terror as weapons of war, inflicting physical, emotional and psychological trauma on women, children and men. The terrorist group’s attack on Israel on Oct. 7 resulted in approximately 1,200 deaths and 250 hostages. During and after the attack, countless cases of sexual violence, particularly against women and girls, were reported and documented at the Supernova Music Festival, as well as the kibbutzims and villages. The documentary will delve into these events though research and investigation, while following the victims’ journeys to recovery.
“In the aftermath of Oct. 7, a battle for the truth began in Israel: a historical mission to independently document what happened, especially to women, during this day of terror,” Bringer said in a statement. “The project investigates the immensely difficult quest to establish facts and make the world aware of gender-based crime as a weapon of war.”
Bringer is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) team that received the Pulitzer Prize for the Panama Papers investigation. Before becoming an independent filmmaker, Bringer covered the war against Talibans in Pakistan and Afghanistan for French public radio, and the French-German public TV channel Arte.
Oct. 7 has also been the subject of a documentary titled “Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre,” which chronicled the attack perpetrated by Hamas at the festival where 3,500 people from multiple countries got together a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip.