International Women's Day 2015 is on Sunday March 8th, with the theme Make It Happen hoping to encourage action towards greater equality and to celebrate women’s achievements.
So many remarkable women making a difference against all the odds remain invisible. That is why Sunday is a good time to applaud the work of Kim Longinotto, one of the UK’s most influential documentary makers, whose films have brought a roster of honours but, more importantly, shone a light on issues that subjugate girls and women the world over.
They have also brought us a cast of compelling and fearless women who champion and support the vulnerable and powerless, the survivors, and the combatants in the war against female oppression.
Her recent documentary Dreamcatcher, recognized with the World Cinema Documentary Directing award at the Sundance Film Festival, is showing at London’s BFI Southbank on Sunday afternoon.
Brenda Myers-Powell who co-founded the Dreamcatcher Foundation in 2008 to disrupt the cycle of neglect, violence, and exploitation endured by girls and women in inner-city Chicago, devotes her days to helping at-risk teenagers, female prisoners, and street corner prostitutes.
Her unconditional love, support and practical help spring from a survivor’s raw honesty. For 25 years, she survived as a drug-addicted prostitute, even recruiting innocents into the lifestyle and abandoning her own children.
This is real cinema vertie from Longinotto, who follows the stories that populate Brenda’s life, the commonplace child molestation, physical abuse, poverty, and silence. Brenda slices through that silence, her message to the abused, “It’s not your fault. You deserve to be happy!”
Dreamcatcher is showing in London, Dublin, Cardiff, Londonderry, Belfast, Dundee, Dumfries, Canterbury and Hereford in coming weeks.
Catch it if you can!
Details of screenings at http://www.dreamcatcherfilm.com/watch