Women Make Movies Women Make Movies View Cart
Women Make Movies

Press Kit
Promotional Photos
Related Titles
Related Links
Related Subjects
Asian American
Jewish Studies
Middle East
Music & Performance
Holocaust Studies
Peace and Conflict Resolution
Performing Arts

click level for more info
DVD Sale $250.00
DVD Rental $75.00
DVD Sale $89.00

Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson
US, 2011, 40 minutes, Color, DVD, English, Subtitled
Order No. W121061
Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the human heart, body and soul—as expressed through poetry. She highlights six different poets, who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. By summoning the creative voice of poetry to tell stories of survival and witness, each reclaims humanity and dignity in the wake of some of history’s most dehumanizing circumstances.

POETRY OF RESILIENCE gives us an intimate look into the language of the soul and brings us closer to understanding the insanity of war and how art will flourish, in spite of any obstacle.This film is recommended for courses in poetry studies, literature, peace and conflict studies and genocide studies.

Captioned and Described version available in DVD and Blu-ray. Please contact us for pricing.


IDA DocuWeeks, Los Angeles *Academy Award Qualification
Woodstock Film Festival *Winner Best Short Doc
Cinema for Peace, Berlin *Nomination for Best Documentary

  • Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
  • Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Festival
  • Miami International Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula
  • Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
  • San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

back to top


    “[A]rtful, engaging… The writers use their poetry not only to bear witness to these atrocities but also to examine internal scars that often are beyond healing.”
    Ernest Hardy
    The Village Voice

    “Katja Esson's moving and evocative documentary ‘Poetry of Resilience’ should inspire anyone who might be in need of a way to voice the distance between their self and a most difficult experience.”
    David Strathairn, Actor

    “This film creates a lyric on its own. Highly recommended.”
    Brian Turner, Acclaimed Solder-Poet

back to top

    Poetry of Resilience is included in the following Special Collections.
back to toptop

back to toptop


back to top

Navaigate New Releases Previous Title Next Title Year Subject Title Maker

  Sign up to get our monthly newsletter delivered by email.

You'll get the latest info on WMM films, filmmakers, new releases and worldwide events.
Read the current issue and subscribe!


WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

Deep discounts are available when you purchase multiple films. More details.

© Women Make Movies, 2005
site map

Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitiates the production, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. contact us