Documentary subject wins Nobel Peace Prize

Denis Mukwege praised for helping raped women

by Jennie Kermode

Denis Mukwege in City Of Joy
Denis Mukwege in City Of Joy

Doctor Denis Mukwege,, whose work recently featured in documentary City Of Joy and has previously been profiled in Congo: The Doctor Who Saves Women, today received the Nobel Peace Prize. A former recipient of the UN Human Rights Prize, he was operating at Panzi Hospital when he heard the news.

Mukwege specialises in reconstructive surgery used to help women who have been victims of rape, which has been used extensively to terrorise populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those affected, who include children, frequently have chronic pain and loss of basic bodily functions. Some suffer for years without access to treatment and others would die without prompt medical intervention. Mukwege dedicated his prize to his patients.

In 2012, Mukwege left the country after ongoing threats to his family led to his daughters being taken hostage, but he subsequently returned and now lives under the protection of UN guards.

Share this with others on...

Welcome back CCA We report from the celebrations of the iconic Glasgow venue's resurrection

Urgent ideas Mohcine Besri on healthcare, hospitals and humour in his latest film

Finding her voice Wash Westmoreland on La Belle Époque and Keira Knightley as Colette

Something electric Julian Richards on sympathetic monsters, Reborn and Daddy's Girl

The Favourite is favourite at the Critics' Choice Awards Black Panther and First Man among top contenders

Joy wins Golden Star in Marrakech The Chambermaid also honoured

More news and features

We're bringing you reviews from the French Film Festival UK.

We're looking forward to next year's Sundance Film Festival.

We've recently been covering the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, the Marrakech Film Festival. the Talinn Black Nights festival, the Seville Film Festival, Welsh scarefest Abertoir, the Dunoon Film Festival, documentary focus DOC NYC, the Czech Republic's Made In Prague, the London Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

Read our full for recent coverage.

Visit our festivals section.


Win some Nativity Rocks! kids goodies in our latest competitions.