ONE BILLION RISING, BAY AREA RISING & V-DAY PRESENT
TURNING PAIN TO POWER:
AN EVENING OF REVOLUTIONARY FILM, TALK, DRUMMING AND DANCE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
CITY OF JOY, THE AWARD WINNING FILM ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP CENTER FOR WOMEN SURVIVORS OF GENDER VIOLENCE IN EASTERN CONGO
- City of Joy co-founders: Christine Schuler-Deschryver (Director of City of Joy and V-Day Congo) and Eve Ensler (playwright of The Vagina Monologues and Founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising)
- Bay Area Rising’s Afia Walking Tree and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company
- She The People Founder Aimee Allison
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
6PM Doors Open. Film Starts at 7PM sharp.
Talkback immediately following. Closing with Break the Chain group dance.
GRAND LAKE THEATRE, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
$5 Tickets. Limited FREE tickets available.
ABOUT THE FILM:
CITY OF JOY, directed by first-time director Madeleine Gavin, follows the first class of women at a revolutionary leadership center in eastern Congo called City of Joy, from which the film derives its title, and weaves their journey as burgeoning leaders with that of the center’s founders (a devout Congolese doctor Dr. Denis Mukwege (2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner), women's rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver (Director of City of Joy and V-Day Congo) and radical feminist Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues and Founder of V-Day/One Billion Rising) - three individuals who imagined a place where women who have suffered horrific rape and abuse can heal and become powerful voices of change for their country.
A story about the profound resilience of the human spirit, CITY OF JOY witnesses Congolese women's fierce will to reclaim hope, even when so much of what was meaningful to them has been stripped away.
Immediately following the screening, audience members will be invited to RISE and participate in the One Billion Rising “Break the Chain” dance, as well as a Q&A with City Of Joy Co-Founders Christine Schuler Deschryver and Eve Ensler, moderated by She The People Founder Aimee Allison. Reflecting Bay Area Rising’s intersection of art, spirituality, and activism, the event will feature local dance, art, and music, including a drum procession lead by Afia Walking Tree and performances by the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company.