The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, USA
Language: English, French, Swahili
Run Time: 74 minutes
War has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and women are caught in the crosshairs. Since the 1990s, militias have been fighting over the region’s rich, lucrative natural resources. Of their war tactics, rape runs rampant and is strategically used to devastate communities by tearing families apart and forcing victims to flee. Enter City of Joy, a leadership center dedicated to serving survivors of rape and gender violence. Here, women learn to not only face, but also embrace, their unspeakable stories. In one of the most dangerous parts of the world, these survivors study their rights as women and practice self-defense techniques to protect themselves from future threats. When they let go of the guilt they carry from their attacks and regain the self-worth of which they’ve been unfairly stripped, they will return home to be the leaders their communities so desperately need. CITY OF JOY sheds light on the unbelievably resilient women left in a war’s destructive path. No longer living in fear, they are demanding our attention. (In English, French, and Swahili with subtitles) —A.B.
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 2:25 PM
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Recommended for High School Students +
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Madeleine Gavin works primarily as an editor for narrative and documentary films. Gavin was nominated for an Emmy for the Academy Award®-nominated documentary "Which Way Home." She currently teaches in the graduate Film Program at Columbia University.
CITY OF JOY (2016)
Talor Krauss, Lisa Rinzler
This film is presented with the generous support of JO and MARK GOREN.
This film is presented with the generous support of LYNN GOTTLOB.