‘I was killed’: video revives domestic violence victims to warn others


“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 murderer Eliran Malul. And today, after I lost my life, I call on you: listen to my voice.”

The video is part of an Israeli public education campaign that uses artificial intelligence technology to bring five murdered women back to life, to warn others how to protect themselves from abusive relationships.

The clips are made from photos of the women before they died, using technology to animate them into videos showing them, dubbed by actresses. They were created by the deep-learning start-up D-ID on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Among the women is Sela, 32, when she was stabbed to death by her husband in front of their daughter in 2019. He was convicted of murder last month.

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Sela’s sister, Lili Ben Ami, said she was “speechless and burst into tears” when she saw her being brought back to life.

The aim of such campaigns is to create a “vaccine against violence, which we attack from all angles,” Ben Ami, who, like other survivors, endorsed the videos, told Channel 13 TV.

Israel’s Ministry of Welfare reported 10% more calls to its domestic violence helpline in 2021 compared to last year.

In her video, “Sela” warns women to seek help if they are in a relationship with someone who is jealous and obsessive.

“If you’re concerned about his reaction to parting with you, share it with a loved one and a domestic violence expert, who will help you divorce safely and return to your light,” she says.

“Listen to my voice. Listen to your voice.’

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