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Friday May 2
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

 Co-presented by University of Houston, Humanties Texas
Opening Night Party for our Bayou City Food & Film Festival
featuring talk-back by filmmaker Lisa Fruchtman
and Cancega Xicas Unidas will be performing
ice cream donated by our sponsor FAT CAT CREAMERY
food donated by WHOLE FOODS KIRBY
Specially priced ticket: $15 incl. film and party

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.  The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but "people are not like roads and buildings" says Kiki Katese, 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).

THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY immediately follows the film screening and talk-back with the filmmakers.  Join us for cool refreshing cocktails on the outdoor patio for food, drink and live music.  Cancega Xica Unidas; Girls United Drum will be performing -- they are a Mixed-Nations Women's folkloric drum group encompassing the universal language of music to raise consciousness, lift spirits and promote Community.  And also join us for the two remaining days of our food festival where audiences will be treated to daily helpings of classic foodie films, selections of new food & wine docs and features from around the globe including three Houston premieres, and one portion of short films entitled Small Bites, plus a plethora of tastings from local purveyors of food and drink.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: KPFT, University of Houston, Humanties Texas, Whole Foods, Gulf Coast, Urban Harvest, Plant-It-Forward, The Nice Winery, Saint Arnolds Brewing Company, Houston Dairymaids, Fat Cat Creamery, Te House of Tea and Recipe for Success Foundation.  SPECIAL THANKS TO: Temple Northup, Duane Bradley, Tyler Horne, Monica Pope and the 14 Pews Board Members!

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