City of Joy

This extraordinary film inspires with the possibility of healing and transformation, even after the most horrendous suffering. Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo suffer not only war and the destruction of community but extensive sexual violence. The City of Joy is a place of refuge where traumatized women share their traumas, overcome despair and prepare themselves to be powerful voices of change. This beautifully made film offers witness to both injury of rape and the resilience of the human spirit. A must see recommendation from the entire screening committee, with a warning that graphic testimony of rape is included.

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