Dreamcatcher

A former sex worker inspires women living on the edge

2015 | Running Time: 104 minutes | Rating: TV-MA

Brenda Myers-Powell grew up in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, lost her mother as an infant and suffered sexual abuse at the hands of trusted family members. When she escaped this violent home life as a runaway teen, she fell into a world of prostitution and drug addiction. After 25 years working as “Breezy,” a violent encounter with a John propelled Brenda to change her life. Today she helps women and teenage girls who are seeking that same change. DREAMCATCHER explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation that lead women to survival sex work. With intimate access, the film offers an unflinching exposé into their bleak realities as well as underscores the inspiring difference one person can make in their lives. DREAMCATCHER premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers: Kim longinotto, Director; Teddy Leifer, Producer; Lisa Stevens, Producer

Sundance Film Festival 2015: Directing Award – World Cinema Documentary
Sundance Film Festival 2015: Grand Jury Prize World Cinema Documentary (nomination)
Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2016: The Unforgettables
Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2016: Outstanding Achievement in Direction (nomination)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2015: Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award (nomination)
Image Awards 2015: Outstanding Documentary Film (nomination)
Jerusalem Film Festival 2015: In Spirit for Freedom Award – Best Documentary (nomination)
Munich International Documentary Festival 2015: Viktor Award – DOK.International (nomination)
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2015: Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (nomination)


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Tags: Gendered Violence, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Inequality, Trauma/Healing