Director: Kim Longinotto
Starring: Brenda Myers-Powell
Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. 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. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration.
This documentary follows Brenda as she tries to help prostitutes in the city of Chicago find there way to something better, offering love, support and help when they feel ready for it, when they need it. It shows the reality of people struggling to survive, be it in prison, on the streets, or trying to make it through adolescences after child abuse, physical abuse, drug abuse and poverty. There are no answers, there is no great big solution, the film lays out the facts and leaves them with you. The reality is stark, almost unbelievable, but there it is. The film is strange in some ways as there are parts it doesn’t explain, and some of the people we meet along the way disappear from the film with no ‘what happened next’. It throws open the door on a world we barely know… and then leaves it with us.
You can also see the film on International Women’s Day, at the Bird’s Eye View film festival, [8th March, 3pm, at BFI Southbank].