September 4: Sweet Dreams

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(Film Screening Friday, September 4, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

 

September 4: Sweet Dreams

Discussant: Lisa Fruchtman (Director)

 

Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide in 1994.  Close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends and even family members. Horror swept through the entire country. And when it was over, those who remained were broken, dead inside. The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but “people are not like roads and buildings” says Kiki Katese, a pioneering Rwandan theater director. “How do we rebuild a human being?” Kiki decided to start 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: to leave the categories of the past at the gate. For the women—orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators—the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships, to heal the wounds of the past. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists. So when Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued … What was ice cream exactly and how would they do it? Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly 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 new future for themselves. “Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for,” Kiki says. “We want to change that equation.” 89 minutes, in Kinyarwanda with English subtitles. http://www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com/

 

Co-Sponsors: The Ethics Center, Peace and Conflict Studies & Africana Studies Program

 

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

 

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

 

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/

Contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

Yameen Mahmood (Club President) at yameen_02@mail.fresnostate.edu

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