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Documentary Series Has ‘Sweet Dreams’

The 16th annual Documentary Film Series at Oklahoma City University will continue at 2 p.m. April 13 with Rob and Lisa Fruchtman’s “Sweet Dreams.”

All screenings in the series are free to the public and will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. The series is sponsored by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund.

“Sweet Dreams” is about an all-women’s drumming troupe in Rwanda called Ingoma Nshya. 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 of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream and open Rwanda's first-ever ice cream shop, the Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility.

The San Francisco Examiner called the documentary “an affecting celebration of the human spirit. Contagious joy abounds.”

The documentary series is titled “The Song Has Its Way.” It is based on a poem by Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who will give a presentation at OCU at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The documentary series will conclude April 27 with Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man.”

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