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City of Joy

City of Joy
City of Joy
City of Joy
  • PG-13
  • 2h 15m
  • 1992
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In the best performance of his career, Swayze stars as Max Lowe, a disillusioned surgeon who travels to India after a young patient dies on the operating table. But Lowe's determination to quit medicine is challenged when he meets a committed British nurse who runs a free clinic in Calcutta's mostdangerous neighborhood. And when her clinic - and the livelihood of her neighbors - is threatened by the brutal local "godfather", Max teaches the impoverished Indians the strength of their own unity.
© 1992 Lightmotive Ltd. and Allied Filmmakers, N.V. All Rights Reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Grim yet inspiring docu of rape survivors in war-torn Africa

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that City of Joy is a powerful documentary about women and girls of Bukavu, Eastern Congo, who have survived rape and been victimized by the horrors of war. The women and staff profiled in this film live in the City of Joy, a nonprofit community that works to heal the survivors and provide them with leadership tools so that they, too, can work toward helping others. Celebrated as a remarkable success, the facility "graduates" 180 women per year. A significant element of women's recovery is truth-telling, and their stories are heartbreakingly cruel and sexually violent. Discussion of the female body and its reproductive organs is frank, and sometimes the evil perpetrated upon the women/girls is harrowing. On the other hand, the film's focus on the miraculous folks who have committed both their professional and personal lives to saving these women (some barely in their teens) and the progress of the women themselves make the movie inspirational, optimistic, and ultimately satisfying. Due to its mature themes and the stories told, this isn't a movie for kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 17, 1992
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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