“Dreamcatcher” free film about women & human trafficking





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)


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Gripping documentary about female prostitution (abused/molested teens in Chicago) and human trafficking at the average age of 12. Actors Brenda (former prostitute) and Homer (former pimp) attended the premier (first outside of Chicago) along w/ the producer Lisa Stevens, to answer audience questions. Brenda spoke of their Dreamcatcher project — prevention, intervention, outreach survivor based to provide services to these girls/young women. Brenda’s mission is to rescue these girls, who as victims often become vitimizers as well. More info: dreamcatcherfilm.com/takeaction.

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