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Screening of Rwandan Film 'Sweet Dreams' with Drumming Performance and Free Ice Cream

December 1, 2012
6:00 pm

The Museum for African Art is pleased to co-present the Rwandan film Sweet Dreams as part of the 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Kaufmann Theater
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West, New York
Tickets: $12 Adult, $10 Student/Senior
Purchase tickets here
Free ice cream for all ticketholders from Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream

This program will be preceded by a drumming event with Universal African Dance and Drummers in the Hall of Birds of the World at 4 pm.


About the film:
Rob and Lisa Fruchtman
2012 | 89 mins | Rwanda, USA

Powerful sounds pierce the silence of the countryside. Curious children gawk outside the gate. This is something new in Rwanda - a group of women, 60 strong, pounding out rhythms of power and joy. They are Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first and only women's drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict in which close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends, and even family. When, with the help of Brooklyn ice cream purveyors, the troupe decides to open the country's first ice cream shop, this spirited film evolves into a surprising and joyful tale of courage, ingenuity, and hope in the face of the unthinkable. Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves.

"Sweet Dreams is a story about drumming and ice cream, and Rwanda, of course. But the real story of the film - the voice - is that of the women who so bravely joined a drumming circle and put their faith in a new idea. We needed to step aside and let their voices carry the film wherever it was headed."
- Rob and Lisa Fruchtman | Director, Sweet Dreams

About the festival:
The Margaret Mead Film Festival encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. The Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, representing a range of issues and perspectives, and by the forums for dialogue with filmmakers, invited speakers, and film protagonists.

The 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival will screen 29 outstanding films and host special multi-media events and performances Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2, 2012. With films from over 20 countries, the festival features 19 premieres, including 10 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award contenders and two world premieres.


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