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This film follows the first class of students at a remarkable leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region often referred to as "the worst place in the world to ... See full summary »

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Christine Schuler-Deschryver Christine Schuler-Deschryver ... Herself
Denis Mukwege Mukengere Denis Mukwege Mukengere ... Himself
Eve Ensler ... Herself
Jane Mukunilwa Jane Mukunilwa ... Herself
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This film follows the first class of students at a remarkable leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region often referred to as "the worst place in the world to be a woman." These women have been through unspeakable violence spurred on by a 20 year war driven by colonialism and greed. In the film, they band together with the three founders of this center: Dr. Denis Mukwege (2016 Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize), radical playwright and activist Eve Ensler ("The Vagina Monolgoues") and human rights activist, Christine Schuler-Deschryver, to find a way to create meaning in their lives even when all that was meaningful to them has long been stripped away. In this ultimately uplifting film, we witness the tremendous resilience as these women transform their devastation into powerful forms of leadership for their beloved country. Written by Janiefte

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7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Unprecedented film
24 September 2018 | by carolynhunt-11991See all my reviews

This doc succeeds in all way: deeply significant subject matter with relevance to all humans, concise and clear storytelling on a subject that many (Westerners) still find overwhelming and mystifying, honest and compelling "main characters", and the right balance of clear-eyed honesty and unabashed hope.

Brava to the filmmakers! May it open new pathways to peace.


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