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City of Joy

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grim yet inspiring docu of rape survivors in war-torn Africa

Movie NR 2018 74 minutes
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This moving, beautifully executed documentary is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting; the women of this extraordinary community are the bravest of souls, the most resilient, and the most inspiring. Madeleine Gavin has delivered a film that gives special meaning to the motto of this community. Like the residents there who learn to live again, Gavin has "transformed pain" into a powerful film that deserves to be seen. Winner of Best Documentary Film awards at an array of film festivals, it's sometimes a challenge to watch. Stories told with such detailed sexual violence and such intimacy cannot help but elicit profound emotions.

At the same time, the messages -- about resilience, about the ability of an individual to radically affect change -- leaven the horror with hope. It's rare to encounter a hero such as Dr. Mukwege, a young woman with the courage of Jane Mukunila, or such stalwart activists as Christine Schuyler-Deschryver and Eve Ensler. City of Joy assures that they won't be forgotten.

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