Tapestries of Hope
Michealene Cristini Risley and Betty Makoni share a powerful connection: They were both sexually abused as children and were told to keep quiet about it. In Tapestries of Hope, Risley travels to Zimbabwe to document Makoni’s Girl Child Network, a supportive community where child survivors can not only speak about their experiences, but shout, sing, and dance to work through them. It is the girls’ courageous and harrowing testimonies that command this film, but they leave no clean resolution. We learn in the end that HIV has claimed several of the beautiful lives we’ve been rooting for. As difficult as it can be to sit through this movie, it is even harder to stay sitting once it’s over.
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