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 (Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, women’s rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver and radical feminist V (formerly Eve Ensler), author of The Vagina Monologues) – 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.
Until the Violence Stops features playwright and activist V (formerly Eve Ensler) in a powerful film that documents how The Vagina Monologues grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls.More than just testimonies and performances, Until the Violence Stops is a film about empowerment and the importance of dialogue in the healing process. A celebration of women reclaiming their bodies and lives, this moving documentary leaves us with hope that change can happen.
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. ONE BILLION RISING features footage from activists in over 207 countries and showcases the radical awakening of body and consciousness that took place in 2013. WHAT I
“What I Want My Words to Do To You” offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler), consisting of fifteen women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground Members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose the most terrifying places in themselves, as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women’s writing by acclaimed actresses Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Hazelle Goodman, and Mary Alice.
The Vagina Monologues, created and performed by V (formerly Eve Ensler), debuted off-off-Broadway in 1996. The Vagina Monologues made the basis for V-Day and has inspired women all over the world and raised consciousness about how violence and gender intersect. Now performed by V (formerly Eve Ensler) for the screen, The Vagina Monologues travels beyond the stage as she explores the creative impetus behind the monologues, and conducts a series of new and revealing interviews as inspiring as those that brought about the original work.