City of Joy

Madeleine Gavin, US, 2016
74 min., OmU
To mark International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in cooperation with the UN Women National Committee Austria, this human world film festival and Topkino, invites you to the Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of the movie “City of Joy”

free entry / first come first serve / no reservations

The 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 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.

Panellists:
Desirée Schweitzer (President, UN Women National Committee Austria)
Maaike van Adrichem (Gender adviser, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)
Jesper Samson (Crime Research Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
Dr. Doris Burtscher (Medical Anthropologist, Ärzte ohne Grenzen / Médecins Sans Frontières) 
Martin Nesirky (Director, United Nations Information Service Vienna, Moderator)