City of Joy

Madeleine Gavin

Congo, United States 2016, 76 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, French, Swahili

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

Inspiring documentary about Congolese women who turn pain into strength. In the ‘City of Joy’ in Bukavu, women and girls who were rape victims during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, learn to come to grips with their past, to love themselves again, and ultimately to become community leaders.

In the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rape is used as a weapon of war. The victims are often ostracized, left by their husbands and cast out by their communities. In Bukavu – sometimes called ‘the worst place on earth to be a woman’ – gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) and Congolese human rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver establish the City of Joy, a centre where rape victims are turned into community leaders.

We witness how women who are traumatized by unspeakable sexual violence, learn to defend themselves, overcome their fears, tell their stories and ultimately to accept and love themselves. With tremendous resilience, they find new ways to create meaning in their lives and to once again participate in their communities, but this time as leaders. City of Joy – directed by Madeleine Gavin – is a beautiful and optimistic tribute to the human spirit.

Synopsis

Read more about activists Jane Mukunilwa and Christine Schuler Deschryver.

City of Joy has been selected for the Activist competition and the theme programme Second Sex.

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Talkshows & debates

City of Joy: Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 21:15

Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver about sexual violence against women and turning pain into strength led by Milouska Meulens.

 

City of Joy: Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 16:00

Q&A with activistChristine Schuler Deschryver, and director Madeleine Gavin about sexual violence against women and turning pain into strength.

City of Joy: Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 17:15

Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver about sexual violence against women and turning pain into strength led by Srushti Mahamuni.

City of Joy: Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 19:15

Q&A with activist Christine Schuler Deschryver and Benjamin Duerr about sexual violence against women and turning pain into strength.