Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation

“City of Joy” documentary at film festival in The Hague

Documentary: “City of Joy” during the “Movies that matter” film festival in The Hague


In the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rape is used as a weapon of war. The victims are often ostracized, left by their husbands and cast out by their communities.

In Bukavu, gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) and Congolese human rights activist Christine Schuler-Deschryver establish the City of Joy, a centre where rape victims are turned into community leaders.

We witness how women who are traumatized by unspeakable sexual violence, learn to defend themselves, overcome their fears, tell their stories and ultimately to accept and love themselves. With tremendous resilience, they find new ways to create meaning in their lives and to once again participate in their communities, but this time as leaders.

City of Joy – directed by Madeleine Gavin – is a beautiful and optimistic tribute to the human spirit.


The project is an initiative by VDay and was co-founded by the activists Eve Ensler, Christine Schuler-Deschryver and Denis Mukwege to support the young women in becoming community leaders and change the culture of violence and oppression.

Join us and the activists of City of Joy during the Movies that Matter film festival in The Hague for the documentary about the project and a discussion.

Saturday, 24 March 2018 – 21:15
Zaal 4, Filmhuis Den Haag

Sunday, 25 March 2018 – 16:00
Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag

Monday, 26 March 2018 – 17:15
Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 – 19:15
Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag


Buy tickets on the website of the “Movies that matter” festival