City of Joy

In spite of facing unimaginable experiences full of pain and suffering, Congolese women show us their illusion and desire to live in the City of Joy.

Decades of exploitation, abuse and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have made women clear targets of war. Dr. Denis Mukwege, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, puts his life at risk every day as he fights to restore the dignity, courage and respect that was taken from them along the way.

Even behind these horrific events there is light, strength, hope and love. It is a truly beautiful and moving scene to watch these women singing, dancing, jumping and laughing together. Enjoying life itself, despite all the traumas they have experienced. That they continue to discover reasons to continue dreaming is little less than inspiring.

I think that the description of this documentary, directed by Madeleine Gavin, offered on their website could not have been more accurate:

“It’s a story about the great resilience of the human spirit”.

There is no doubt that much can be learned from these messages of self-improvement that these Congolese women bring to us. Within all of us there are titanic forces to believe in the best in life and in ourselves, let us use them wisely to make this world a better place.

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