FREE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 AT 7:00PM | FREE ADMISSION at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. (one night only)
Presented by DocScapes, with additional support from Women Make Movies and The British Council. Featuring producer Lisa Stevens and protagonist Brenda Myers-Powell in person!
Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Dreamcatcher is an inspiring look at one woman’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of women in need.
Brenda is on a mission to disrupt the cycle of neglect, violence, and exploitation endured by girls and women in inner-city Chicago. On any given day, she’s performing interventions with at-risk teenagers, female prisoners, and prostitutes on street corners. She uses unconditional love, non-judgmental support, practical help — whatever it takes for them to change their own lives. But the most powerful weapon in Brenda’s healing arsenal is the raw honesty she can offer because she’s been where they are. For 25 years, she survived as a drug-addicted prostitute, even recruiting innocents into the “lifestyle” and abandoning her own children. Using unobtrusive verité camera work that inhabits Brenda’s miraculous perspective, director Kim Longinotto follows intimate stories along Brenda’s path. Child molestation, physical abuse, poverty, and silence are among the common denominators of their dire situations. Like a shining star in the darkness, Brenda appears, doing a dance and upending the paradigm: “Hold the rest of the world accountable for what’s been done to you … It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault.” (Dir. by Kim Longinotto, 2015, UK/USA, 98 mins. Not Rated)