dir. Kim Longinotto, USA at , DCP, 98 mins., color
We invite audiences to join filmmaker Kim Longinotto, Brenda Myers-Powell from the Dreamcatcher Foundation and the film, and producer Lisa Stevens for a post-screening Q&A and discussion with local advocacy leaders working to combat sex trafficking.
“You got any dreams you wanna catch?” Sundance award winner Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute with a drug habit, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community, and works to help women and young girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. Dreamcatcher lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of these young women, their families and the communities where they live in Chicago and Brenda’s unflinching intervention that turns these desperate lives around.
With unprecedented access, multi-award winning director, Kim Longinotto (Sisters In Law, Rough Aunties, Salma) paints a vivid portrait of a community struggling to come to terms with some of its most painful truths and of the extraordinary woman who uses her past to inspire others to survive. With warmth and humor, Brenda gives hope to those who have none in the four magic words she offers up to everyone she meets: “It’s not your fault.”
Dreamcatcher is on tour this Fall with generous support from The Fledgling Fund in collaboration with Women Make Movies and The British Council.
For more information on The Dreamcatcher Foundation visit www.thedreamcatcherfoundation.org