Film Status: Pre-Production
Logline: A resilient woman uses poetry to heal, empower young victims, and uplift her community after a traumatic past.
About: In the heart of Durham, NC, I WILL RISE unfolds the inspiring journey of Monica Daye, a survivor of sexual assault and intimate partner violence who, through the power of spoken word poetry, transforms her pain into a beacon of hope. As the force behind Stand Up Speak Out-NC (S.U.S.O.), Monica advocates for change, offering healing through art to Durham area youth plagued by domestic violence and sexual assault. Directed by Leslie Cunningham and Debbie Vu, this engaging documentary weaves a tapestry of resilience, courage, and the transformative impact of creative expression, urging viewers to rise, stand up, and speak out against the silence surrounding these critical issues.