Online Program

APHA GPH Film Festival – From the Street to Safety: DREAMCATCHER. Award winning documentary set in Chicago follows one courageous woman on a mission to lead sexually trafficked women to wellness and self-preservation (Refreshments will be served)

Sunday, November 1, 2015: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Film Showing
The APHA Global Public Health Film Festival is excited to host this very special session, with a screening of the Chicago-based AWARD WINNING documentary, DREAMCATCHER, followed by a discussion featuring survivor and advocate, Brenda Myers-Powell, as well as a panel of distinguished individuals working to end the cycle of violence and sexual exploitation. Brenda is on a mission to disrupt the cycle of neglect, violence, and exploitation endured by girls and women in inner-city Chicago. On any given day, she’s performing interventions with at-risk teenagers, female prisoners, and prostitutes on street corners. She uses unconditional love, non-judgmental support, practical help—whatever it takes for them to change their own lives. But the most powerful weapon in Brenda’s healing arsenal is the raw honesty she can offer because she’s been where they are. For 25 years, she survived as a drug-addicted prostitute, even recruiting innocents into the “lifestyle” and abandoning her own children. Using unobtrusive verité camera work that inhabits Brenda's miraculous perspective, master director Kim Longinotto follows intimate stories along Brenda’s path. Child molestation, physical abuse, poverty, and silence are among the common denominators of their dire situations. Like a shining star in the darkness, Brenda appears, doing a dance and upending the paradigm: "Hold the rest of the world accountable for what’s been done to you ... It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault." Please join us for this special event. Refreshments will be served.
Session Objectives: Discuss sexual exploitation, human trafficking, education and outreach, incarceration, policies, and ways to break this cycle. Describe personal experiences of exploitation, abuse, and drug addiction. Explain how these issues are being addressed within Chicago and how they can be addressed on a wider scale.
Naomi Ranz-Schleifer, MPH, Chair, APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Naomi Ranz-Schleifer, MPH, Chair, APHA Global Public Health Film Festival

Dreamcatcher, panel discussion (2)   

Stephanie Daniels Wilson

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Organized by: APHA-Global Public Health Film Festival
Endorsed by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)