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TURNING PAIN TO POWER: EVENING OF REVOLUTIONARY FILM, TALK, DRUMMING, DANCE

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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
@ THE GRAND LAKE THEATER


WHAT:

CITY OF JOY, THE AWARD WINNING FILM ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP CENTER FOR WOMEN SURVIVORS OF GENDER VIOLENCE IN EASTERN CONGO

WHO:

- 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

WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
6PM Doors Open. Film Starts at 7PM sharp.
Talkback immediately following. Closing with Break the Chain group dance.

WHERE:

GRAND LAKE THEATRE, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

TICKETS:

Tickets are $5.
Limited FREE tickets available, contact events(at)onebillionrising.org

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.

ABOUT THE CENTER – THE CITY OF JOY (cityofjoycongo.org):

Conceived, owned, and run by local Congolese (and supported by V-Day), the City of Joy has flourished since it first opened its doors in June 2011, healing women from their past trauma through therapy and life skills programming while providing them with the essential ingredients needed to move forward in life – love and community. Serving 90 survivors of gender violence aged 18 to 30 at a time, 1,200 women leaders have graduated from the City of Joy. They are forces of energy and determination, entrepreneurs of small business, initiators of collectives, journalists, restaurants owners and farmers with new land, educators and advocates on sexual violence, volunteers in a self-created recruiting network for new women at COJ, immigration workers, tailors, students, herbalists, and more.

As CITY OF JOY the film made its way across the world, we have seen firsthand the power of the message of Turning Pain to Power.”


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