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Video brings domestic violence victims back to life
“I was Michal Sela,” the dead woman says, looking straight into the camera. “In 2019, I was murdered by the man who was my husband, the killer Eliran Malul. And today, after I lost my life, I call on you: Listen to my voice.”The clips are made from photographs of the women before they died, using technology to animate them into videos of them speaking, dubbed by actresses. They were created by the deep-learning start-up D-ID to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.”I think if we will save even one woman’s life, it means the world to us and it’s a reason to wake up in the morning,” D-ID’s CEO and Co-founder told Reuters. Among the women featured is Sela, 32 when she was stabbed to death by her husband in front of their infant daughter in 2019. He was convicted of murder last month.In her video, “Sela” warns women to seek help if they are in a relationship with someone jealous and obsessive.”Of course the moment I saw the video, my stomach seized up, and I felt a kind of sharp pain because it was basically a feeling like my sister had come back to life,” said Niron Ozeri, whose sister was killed by her partner.He added though that he thought that was “exactly the goal of the campaign.”Shiran Melamdovsky Somech, the social tech entrepreneur who is leading the campaign, said she is hoping to expand this internationally.