City of Joy


Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 6:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 12:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Running Time:75 min.
Director:Madeleine Gavin
Producer:Allyson Luchak
Screenwriter:Madeleine Gavin
Cinematographer:Taylor Krauss
Lisa Rinzler
Editor:Madeleine Gavin
Note Writer:Frako Loden


The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country rich in minerals. The multinational companies that buy these minerals fund militias to plunder the mines, and these men are responsible for unprecedented sexualized violence, millions of murders, and 20 years of war. One town, Bukavu, in eastern DRC, has grown from 50,000 to over a million, its population swelling with refugees. In it stands the City of Joy, a sanctuary for female victims of the brutality. Here they are medically treated, housed, educated (with the help of Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler), and transformed from victims into leaders against violence. Madeleine Gavin's enthralling documentary, which transmutes unimaginable horror into joy and empowerment, follows the story of one woman who will not let the appalling violence destroy her. As part of the first class of students at the City of Joy, Jane embodies the co-founders' hard-fought—and extremely risky—vision for the future of women who reclaim their bodies and make them engines of change.

Additional Information

Madeleine Gavin works in narrative and documentary film, primarily as an editor. She is finishing Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now, starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, and recently completed Rebecca Cammisa’s new HBO documentary, Atomic Homefront. Madeleine was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Cammisa's Academy Award-nominated documentary, Which Way Home, and has edited several Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-winning films. Madeleine has taught at NYU and Columbia University and is currently in development with a new documentary. City of Joy is her first film as director and it has garnered several best documentary awards as it has traveled the festival circuit.