“Sweet Dreams”: Rwandan Women Create New Reality

“Sweet Dreams”: Rwandan Women Create New Reality

Information provided by The Ware Center


The On Screen/In Person film series opens on Tuesday, September 13 with “Sweet Dreams,” an amazing story of Rwandan women creating a new reality for themselves. The evening begins with an ice cream social and panel discussion at 6:00pm, followed by the film at 7:00pm, and closing the evening is a Talk Back with filmmaker, Rob Fruchtman. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.



Launched in 2011, the On Screen/In Person Film Series tours independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. In this unique opportunity, visiting filmmakers will be on site to work with host sites to develop their participation in community activities that provide context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film. Millersville University is one of only eight sites chosen for this program.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.



The evening will start with ice cream provided by Carmen & David’s to celebrate the theme of Sweet Dreams, Rwanda’s first ice cream shop.

At 6:15pm, we will host an informal community forum that will explore issues examined by the film, including genocide, justice and reconciliation, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. Panelists include Dr. Onek Adyanga, Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El, and Dr. Timothy Shea, all on the faculty of MU; Isadore Iradukunda, a Millersville alum from Rwanda; and Ruby Taylor, MSW, Founder of “For Black Girls.”

Rob Fruchtman, who directed the film with his sister Lisa Fruchtman, presents, “Sweet Dreams,” which follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of genocide to create a new future for themselves. These courageous women initiate the first all-female drumming troupe as a means to unite with each other into a common purpose, to heal and prosper after the trauma of war. Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director, comes up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, Sweet Dreams, as a means for economic self-sufficiency.

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TICKETS: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors & Students



The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. Hours: Monday – Thursday10:30 AM – 6:30 PM, and Friday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM, and Student Memorial Center, Room 103, Millersville University campus. Hours: Monday – Friday9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.


Call the box office at 717-871-7600.





Millersville University’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts builds upon a long history of supporting the arts, producing a vast array of unique, educational, and exciting events and performances that touch many genres of artistic endeavors. Within our two centers, The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster, and the Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Center on the campus of Millersville University, our office engages both the student and community of Lancaster populations, and brings to its stages creative local artists, as well as renowned artists and performers from around the world. Committed to the ongoing expression of excellence in the arts, the Office of Visual and Performing Arts strives to ensure that the arts in Lancaster County will continue to flourish.



The Millersville University Visual and Performing Arts Season is made possible by support from Season Platinum Partner: Rodgers & Associates, Gold Season Sponsors: Aussie and The Fox and Hagelgans & Veronis, and Silver Season Sponsors: The Hotel Lancaster, 12:34MicroTechnologies, YDOP and Weber Advertising. This season’s Luminary Donors include Ann Barshinger, John & Susan Garofola, Linda Holman-Marcks, William McIlwaine, Peggy Neff, Mary Kearns & Jon Walker, and Paul & Judy Ware.


Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. A member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.