We’re thrilled to premiere Daylight Come: Life After Rape in the Congo at the 2014 BendFilm Festival in Bend, Oregon next week! This is our film’s world premiere – the first time we’ve shown it to an audience outside of our friends, peers and supporters. It’s such an exciting time for us. Oh, and autumn in the mountains of Oregon? Count me in.
The film will screen at least twice during the festival. The first showing will beFriday, 10 October, at 3:30 p.m., at The Old Stone Church in downtown Bend, a beautiful stone and stained glass church built in 1912. Next up, the film will screen on Saturday, 11 October, at 5:30 p.m., at The Tin Pan Theater, an intimate art-house cinema surrounded by quaint coffee shops (there’s no shortage of awesome coffee in Bend – we’re psyched).
In addition to the two showings we have on the festival schedule, director, Evan Vetter, and Jessica Woodbury, co-producer, will participate in a panel discussion called “Tackling the Tough Issues” on Friday, 10 October, at 1 p.m. They’ll join other filmmakers at the festival that took on challenging subject matters. We’re excited to be part of such a fitting discussion for the road we’ve traveled.
For me personally, this festival is a celebration – it’s a chance to celebrate years of our team’s hard work and persistence in bringing this story to audiences across the country and, hopefully, the world. If you’re familiar with our film or the podcast that preceded it, you know the stories the women in Congo shared with us are extremely personal. But they shared them in hopes people would not only become educated about the epidemic of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that people would see hope, even in the darkest of circumstances. We are so honored to finally share their stories with you.
(Post by Jenny Vetter)