Opens December 6
Opera Plaza in San Francisco
Shattuck in Berkeley
A remarkable group of Rwandan women defies the devastation of genocide to form the country’s first all-female drumming troupe and open the county’s first ice cream shop. SWEET DREAMS is an International Film Circuit release, runs for 84 minutes, is in English and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles, and is not yet MPAA-rated.
Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.
About the Producer/Director Lisa Fruchtman
Lisa Fruchtman is an Academy Award winning editor who has worked in both feature film and television. Among her many film projects are APOCALYPSE NOW, THE RIGHT STUFF, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, THE GODFATHER PART III, THE DOCTOR, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, DANCE WITH ME and THE WOODSMAN. For television, she has edited such HBO films as TRUMAN, WITNESS PROTECTION, POINT OF ORGIN and NORMAL. Her awards and honors include an Oscar for THE RIGHT STUFF, Academy Award and BAFTA Nominations for Best Editing for THE GODFATHER PART III and APOCALYPSE NOW, an Emmy Nomination and a Cable ACE Award for TRUMAN. Lisa lives in Berkeley.
About the Producer/Director Rob Fruchtman
Rob Fruchtman is an award-winning director, producer and editor of documentaries and television programs. He won the Documentary Director award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for his feature film, SISTER HELEN, which aired on HBO. He has won three Emmys for his work with PBS. His film, TRUST ME, a documentary produced for Showtime, follows Christian, Jewish and Islamic boys at an interfaith camp in North Carolina. Fruchtman directed and produced SEEING PROOF in 2007, a film about Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime and its lingering effect on Cambodia’s society, for George Soros’ Open Society Institute. His documentaries have explored the arts, history, world cultures and social justice issues and have aired in festivals and on television around the world.