Sheryl Sandberg, former COO of the Meta company, on Tuesday night completed filming in Israel for a new documentary that she is directing that will deal with the sex crimes committed by Hamas terrorists on October 7 titled "Screams Before Silence."
The film is expected to present new information about specific events that took place during the attack, and presents evidence of the acts of rape and sexual assaults committed by the terrorists on Israeli women and girls. Added to this will be the additional evidence collected after the release of some of the hostages from Hamas captivity.
In an attempt to raise global awareness of the extent of the atrocities committed by Hamas, Sandberg has been in Israel for the past week and completed the filming of the documentary, which included footage taken in the communities on the Gaza border, including Kibbutz Be'eri and Reim, where the Nova music festival took place. Among the interviewees are eyewitnesses, freed hostage, ZAKA first responders and police officers, medical and forensic experts, and massacre survivors.
Since the outbreak of Israel's war against Hamas, Sandberg has been one of the most prominent voices condemning the crimes of the terror organization; on November 20 she published an opinion column on the subject on the CNN website under the headline: "One thing we can all agree on," in which she wrote that "no matter what your position, rape can never be a weapon of war." She also presented a speech at an event at UN headquarters where survivors of the massacre were present, and held meetings with state leaders.
The film is intended for distribution at the beginning of April 2024 and was produced in cooperation with Israel’s Kastina Communications, which is also behind the production of the film NOVA# , which made waves in Israel and the world, about the massacre at the music festival in Re'im.
Sandberg a senior executive at Meta (formerly Facebook), and the number two at Facebook, announced her surprise departure from the company in June 2022. She resigned as a member of the company's board last month.
Sandberg's film joins another international documentary which is currently being produced in an Israeli-French co-production. The film, by the production companies Studio Anani and Federation Studios, is tentatively titled "Yes, Things Were Never," and it will investigate the crimes of sexual violence committed as part of the terrorist attack on October 7, focusing on Hamas's use of rape and sexual terrorism as a weapon of war, designed to cause physical and emotional trauma and psychological distress.
Award-winning documentary director and journalist Benoît Beringer ("The rise of Wagner"), will direct the film. "Following the events of October 7, a persistent pursuit of the truth began in Israel - a task of historical importance to independently document what took place, especially toward women, during this day of terror. This project will accompany the complex journey to establish the facts and raise awareness around the world for the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war," Beringer said.