"City of Joy" by Madeleine Gavin

Tuesday 27 November, 19:00 (Cinéma Galeries)

Runtime: 74'

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United Nations, and the European Union present: 'City of Joy'

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This film follows the first class of students at a leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region often referred to as "the worst place in the world to be a woman." These women have been through unspeakable violence spurred on by a 20 year war driven by colonialism and greed. In the film, they band together with the three founders of the center: Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner; radical playwright and activist Eve Ensler; and human rights activist, Christine Schuler-Deschryver, to create this safe haven in the middle of violence-torn Eastern Congo, a place they call The City of Joy. 

For more on the film click here.

With an introduction from Dagmar Schumacher, Director of UN Women.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Christine Schuler Deschryver - Co-Founder and Director of City of Joy, and Director at V-Day Congo
  • Sietske Steneker - Director of the Brussels Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Mr. Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director for Europe, Eastern Neighbourhood and Middle East (ECHO)

There will be a reception after the screening

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This film is in English. Runtime: 90 min.

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