Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

CITY OF JOY

 

Year: 2016
Country: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, USA
Run Time: 74 minutes

CITY OF JOY

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.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Sidebars
AFRICAN DIASPORA
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Madeleine Gavin

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.

Filmography
CITY OF JOY (2016)

Producer
Allyson Luchak

Cinematography
Talor Krauss, Lisa Rinzler

Editing
Madeleine Gavin

This film is presented with the generous support of JO and MARK GOREN.

This film is presented with the generous support of LYNN GOTTLOB.

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