‘Sweet Dreams’ kicks off On Screen/In Person documentary series at Wayne Theatre
The documentary “Sweet Dreams” tells the story of rebirth in Rwanda after the devastating 1994 genocide that saw close to a million people killed in an effort at ethnic cleansing.
Filmmakers Lisa and Rob Fruchtman will be on hand for a screening of “Sweet Dreams” on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, sponsored by Kline’s Dairy Bar, in conjunction with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow, along with a panel discussion titled “The Power of Women Entrepreneurs.”
The Historic Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center was one of 10 sites selected (and the only site in Virginia) to present a series of six movies beginning in September through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program.
Admission is $10 for adults or $7 for students. A season pass runs $50 for adults and $35 for students and includes all six films in the series.
“Sweet Dreams” picks up the story of the effort to begin healing in Rwanda with the creation of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict.
There was only one requirement, according to Kiki Katese, the pioneering Rwandan theater director who launched Ingoma Nshya: to leave the categories of the past at the gate.
Katese then came up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, which led to natural questions among the members of the dance troupe, primarily, what was ice cream exactly, and how would they do it?
Katese invited Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams).
“Sweet Dreams” follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a future of hope and possibility for themselves.
“What we knew of Rwanda was the devastation of 1994 genocide – 800,000 minority Tutsis killed in one hundred days, many by those they knew, neighbors and friends,” the Fruchtmans said. “How, we asked ourselves, was it possible for Rwandans to move forward from that? And how did drumming and ice cream fit in? We got on a plane to Rwanda to find out.”
On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Wayne Theatre is located at 521 W. Main Street in Downtown Waynesboro. More information or tickets are available at (540) 943-9999.