Two films were shown at the Tenth Triennial Gathering (2017) , offering different ways to explore the theme All Anew and our organization’s commitment to promoting healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world. Each was followed with a facilitated discussion session.
“Dreamcatcher” is a documentary about a former Chicago prostitute, Brenda Myers-Powell, who runs a charitable organization that helps women and teenage girls leave the sex industry and break the cycle of abuse and exploitation. Winner of a 2015 Sundance Film Festival award, the film offers a view of the devastation the sex trade industry can wreak on young women, their families and the communities in which they live. Ms. Myers-Powell will speak at the screening. View the trailer.
“Beauty of Their Dreams” documents what faith groups are doing to support girls’ education globally. Produced, directed and written by Debra Gonsher Vinik of Diva Communications, the film focuses on spiritual communities and individuals motivated by faith to help all girls have the chance to learn. It also explores why religious institutions so often neglect the need to educate girls. Dr. Gonsher Vinik, who produced the film “I Believe You” that screened at the 2014 triennial, will speak. View the trailer.