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Salon's guide to what to watch on Tuesday: The P.O.V. documentary "Lumo" examines brutality in the Congo through the eyes of one smart young woman.

By Salon Staff
Published September 18, 2007 2:00PM (UTC)
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"They really destroyed us. We couldn't tell how many there were. When you're afraid, you don't know how to count." These are the first eerie words of Lumo Sinai, one of tens of thousands of women in eastern Congo who was brutalized by a group of militia soldiers there who regularly use rape as a form of terrorism. The patient pace and rambling style of the hourlong P.O.V. documentary "Lumo" (10 p.m. on PBS, check local listings) pulls viewers closer to its subject, a smart young woman who has been rendered incontinent, cast out by her brothers and sisters, and rejected by her fiancé in the wake of her rape. Like hundreds of other rape victims, she finds help from HEAL Africa, which provides medical care and social services to rape survivors. "I had never seen such loving people as those here. They love me more than even my own family," she tells the camera. Watch enough docs like this one, and you'll find yourself writing checks to organizations you've never heard of before in a teary stupor -- which is exactly how it should be, particularly since the situation in Congo appears to have worsened since "Lumo" was filmed.


The National Geographic special "Brain Child" (premieres 10 p.m. EDT) explores how nature and environment interact to determine a child's development. And the fourth season of "Beauty and the Geek" premieres at 8 p.m. EDT on CW.

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ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Barry Manilow, Dennis Haysbert

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Howie Mandel, Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, Rascal Flatts

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Jenny McCarthy, Holly Robinson Peete

Charlie Rose

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Orhan Pamuk

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT


Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Alan Greenspan

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Susan Sarandon

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Tina Fey, Venus Williams, Steve Earle (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Jamie Foxx, Tim Gunn, Paolo Nutini

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Cornel West, Christian Scott

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Amy Brenneman, Tom Ruprecht, Harry Shearer

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Kelsey Grammer, James Blunt, Aries Spears

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

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