February 14 - 19, 2024

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An idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street musicians to West Africa. Fascinated by the sounds of bucket drummers she meets on Chicago’s South Side, Elilta Tewelde aspires to connect the young men to their African heritage through music. A native of Africa herself, she crowdfunds a trip to Senegal where the teens will participate in traditional drumming workshops under a master percussionist and his family. But the cultural divide proves wide and problems surface along the way, challenging the project leaders and bucket drummers to unexpected limits and discoveries about themselves.

Presented Films

By Elilta Tewelde (Executive Producer) Kate Benzschawel (Co-Director/Co-Producer) Mallory Sohmer – (Co-Director/Co-Producer)
Mid-length Documentary