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The 14th Vail Film Festival celebrates Women Filmmakers. All films must be written, directed and/or produced by women. The festival takes place March 30 - April 2 in sunny Vail, CO.
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Friday, March 31 • 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Docs Grp 3: Rising Sons & City of Joy + Q&A

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Rising Sons

Rising Sons is a short documentary film about a radical and unique approach to end the rampant raping of women in The Democratic Republic of the Congo: by healing the wounds and beliefs of men. This intimate film provides an opportunity to witness the evolution of the masculine and address the root causes of a universal cycle of violence.

28m/Congo/2016/CO Premiere

Director: Erin Heidenreich

Producers: Susan Saltz, Erin Heidenreich

Starring: Esther Ntoto, Camille Ntoto

City of Joy

The Democratic Republic of Congo has endured 20 years of devastating violence. Rape has been used as a weapon of war to destroy community and access precious minerals. Congo is often referred to as “the worst place in the world to be a woman.” CITY OF JOY tells a different story of the region.

The film focuses on Jane, a student at a center where women who have suffered unimaginable abuse join together to become leaders. We also meet the founders of the center: a devout Congolese Doctor (Dr Denis Mukwege, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee) a Congolese activist (Christine Schuler-Deschryver) and a radical N.Y. playwright (Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues).


The film weaves between joy and pain as these individuals band together to demand hope in a place so often deemed hopeless.

75m/Congo, USA/2016/CO Premiere

Director: Madeleine Gavin

Writer: Madeleine Gavin

Producer: Allyson Luchak

Starring: Christine Schüler-Deschryver, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Eve Ensler, Jane Mukunilwa



Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cinebistro 1

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