Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.
For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself, Breezy and she dominated her world, or that's what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a 'john,' Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives.Dreamcatcher explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation which each year leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option to survive. By following the very charming, charismatic and truly empathic Brenda, we enter the lives of young women and see in verite footage their realities from their points of view. While the world may overlook these women and men, thankfully Brenda has not, providing an unflinching expose which contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many.
For their annual International Women's Day Screening at the BFI, Birds Eye View present Kim Longionotto's latest documentary, DREAMCATCHER, in partnership with BERTHA DOCHOUSE & DOGWOOF.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kim Longionotto hosted by journalist Kira Cochrane.
Kim Longionotto is a documentarian who is internationally renowned for her films about extra-ordinary women, particularly female victims of oppression or discrimination.
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