Toxic Masculinity in the Congo

“Even if I beat her, she was mine. There was nothing she could do about it.”

That’s a man in Kitchanga, the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflecting on the way he used to treat his wife. He’s speaking to a classroom filled with other men, all of whom are enrolled in the Fatherhood Program, an organization run by a Congolese man who hopes to change the country’s conception of masculinity. Its motto: “Peace in the world begins at home.” Read more:

“Baba Bora” was directed by Arild Kumar. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

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