Dreaming Nicaragua is a portrayal of four children living in extreme poverty in Nicaragua. The film takes us beyond their hardships and gives voice to the youngsters, who are surprisingly funny, hopeful, and optimistic.
A traveling art teacher provides a safe arena for our four unlikely protagonists to express their innermost thoughts. When painting, the kids momentarily escape the stresses of their reality into a world of dreams and ideas, a stark contrast to their lives outside: a vicious cycle of hunger, child labor, and violence. Despite the extreme circumstances, the children and their families face their lives with an inspiring unity, strength and humor.
Dreaming Nicaragua has been created in collaboration with the Fabretto Foundation and filmmaker Marcelo Bukin. It is a Tula Films production in association with Arts Engine, with additional support and funding from NYSCA, New York State Council on the Arts.
The film has been screening at festivals around the world, and was chosen as Amnesty International's Movies that Matter Film of the Month. Details can be found at www.dreamingnicaragua.com and www.fabretto.org.