WORLD PREMIERE The City of Joy is a community for women survivors of violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Opened in 2011, the project was founded by Eve Ensler, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Christine Schuler Deschryver and supported by V-Day. The film chronicles the institution’s first class of resilient women as they process their trauma and create a revolutionary community. We see survivors transformed into leaders and sorrow turned into hope. Each day at City of Joy is a lesson.

Co-presented by NYWIFT.


The screening will be followed by an extended conversation.


Director: Madeleine Gavin
Producer: Executive Producers Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Regina K. Scully, and Producers Allyson Luchak
Cinematographer: Taylor Krauss, Lisa Rinzler
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Music: Tom and Andy, Featuring The Music Of Lokua Kanza
Language: English, French, Swahili
Country: USA
Year: 2016