REEL DOCS Kicks Off Season
By Caren Cross
“Fascinating. Subtle and dramatic.”
The New York Times
“Utterly rousing. Vibrantly filmed. Powerful.”
The Village Voice
“A remarkable tale of resilience. Joyous and especially potent. Resonates Deeply.”
Los Angeles Times
REEL DOCS is kicking off the 2016 series with a showing of Sweet Dreams and a Q&A with director Rob Fruchtman. Fruchtman is an award-winning director, producer, and editor. He’s won three Emmys and won the Documentary Director Award at Sundance for a previous film.
Sweet Dreams presented by REEL DOCS
Wed, Feb 24, and Thu, Feb 25, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana
100 pesos includes film, Q&A, and margarita reception with the filmmaker
The genocide in Rwanda ended with hundreds of thousands of Tutsis being slaughtered. It was unheard of that people from each of the two sides could ever come together. And yet, they did. We witness this in Sweet Dreams, an uplifting documentary that delivers a compelling human interest story.
At first, women from both sides joined forces through organizing a drumming troupe and later by opening an ice cream store. Yes, you read that correctly. Two young Brooklyn, NY, women helped them to become entrepreneurs.
The drumming members, like so many of the country’s inhabitants, are still traumatized by the brutality they either witnessed or experienced first-hand. The athletic pounding of their congas, as illustrated in numerous performance segments, can be seen as a cathartic expression of the joy that’s still possible to be found amid the harshest of circumstances.
And then they worked at opening a business. The film chronicles the enterprise’s ensuing difficulties, including raising the necessary capital; the African women having to learn both English and the ways of capitalism; and the complicated procurement of an ice cream machine from South Africa that was severely damaged in transit. Manned by select members of the drum troupe, the shop, whose name provides the film its title, did eventually open. But even then things didn’t always go smoothly.
REEL DOCS is a documentary film series in which films of the highest quality are chosen, and the filmmakers are invited to travel to San Miguel de Allende to participate in a Q&A. Ron Fruchtman and his sister Lisa are the directors of this film. Fruchtman will be here not only to participate in the Q&A but also to meet with audience members at a margarita reception following the film. All REEL DOCS proceeds go to the Biblioteca Children’s Art Fund.