The NYC Social Justice Movie & Dinner Meetup would like to commemorate International Women's Day with a potluck gathering to see the film Lumo.
We also have been given a special opportunity to continue the conversation about sexual violence against women in the Congo by participating in an Actionshop on Thurs, March 6th with the WOMEN'S RIGHT TO NON-VIOLENCE CONGO & US ACTIONSHOP Meetup. Veronique Marchal, founder of And...Action! will give us a brief primer on the Actionshop series. Both men and women are welcome!
Please adhere to our RSVP policy by either placing a $5 deposit or your written word on your RSVP that you will not no-show to the event
As for the potluck, I will provide a yummy and satisfying vegan main dish (no meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey or refined sugar). Please indicate on your RSVP if you plan to bring an appetizer, side dish, drink or dessert.
Hummus & pita
Veggies for salad
Soy Ice Cream
About the film:
Lumo is a feature-length documentary about a young Congolese woman on an uncertain path to recovery at a unique hospital for rape survivors.
The agonies of war torn Africa are deeply etched in the bodies of women. In eastern Congo, vying militias, armies and bandits use rape as a weapon of terror.
Recently engaged to a young man from her village, 20 year-old Lumo Sinai couldn?t wait to have children and start a family. But when she crossed paths with marauding soldiers who brutally attacked her, she was left with a fistula? a condition that has rendered her incontinent and threatens her ability to give birth in the future. Rejected by her fiancé and cast aside by her family, Lumo found her way to the one place that may save her: a hospital for rape survivors set on the border with Rwanda.
Buoyed by the love of the hospital staff, and a formidable team of wise women known to all as ?the Mamas,? Lumo and her friends keep the hope of one day resuming their former lives, thanks to an operation that can restore them fully to health. A feisty young woman with a red comb perpetually jutting from her hair, Lumo faces the challenge of recovery with remarkable courage and sass. As she and her friends recover from surgery, they pass the days by gossiping and sharing their dreams of one day finding love.
But when it looks like her operation may have failed, Lumo?s faith is thrown entirely into question.
On this uncertain road to recovery, Lumo shows that the solidarity of women can bind the most irreparable of wounds.