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Unforgettable and deeply moving, Dreamcatcher uses an extraordinary true personal story to make emphatic socioeconomic arguments.



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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. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none. Her story is their inspiration. (C) Official Site

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

  • Myers-Powell understands the psychology of human trafficking, and her advice is admirably sober, clear-eyed, and devoid of sentiment.

    Sep 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Despite the harrowing stories that fill the film from start to finish, "Dreamcatcher" is not hopeless. How could it be hopeless when there are people like Myers-Powell in the world?

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • These stories are hard to hear, but Myers-Powell demonstrates that bearing witness and testifying are key to recovery and healing, as are unconditional love and a belief that no one is past redemption.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Director Kim Longinotto somehow inveigles her camera into the lives of prostitutes, abused teenagers and drug addicts on the streets of Chicago, and elicits confessions and revelations that leave you gasping.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • It's grim, unfussy and deeply moving.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

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  • Longinotto's rare skill is in that she makes advocacy documentaries by stealth, espousing the work of certain people and groups without ever having to explicitly state the fact.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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