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About City of a Million Dreams

Famous the world over, jazz funerals are emblematic of the unique and resilient culture of New Orleans, but their origins are shrouded in mystery. Filmed over 22 years, City of a Million Dreams draws from the 2018 book of the same title by Jason Berry, and explores race relations at a polarising time in American society.

Doors 6pm / Screening 7pm

Runtime: 90 minutes

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In 2005, writer and videographer Deb Cotton leaves “hard-hearted Hollywood” for New Orleans, and becomes a chronicler of the parading club culture spawned by the legacy of funerals with music. This tradition is carried by the prolific clarinetist Michael White, renowned for playing “the widow’s wail” in sorrowful dirges. When Hurricane Katrina hits, White loses everything in the catastrophic flooding. In his struggle to rebuild, White becomes an everyman, embodying the resurrection spirit of jazz funerals.

Deb and Michael take us on a journey into the city’s past, searching for answers in the face of tragedies both present and past.

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February 4, 2023 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

General Admission – €10.00 
+ Booking Fee

General Admission for 2 – €15.00 + Booking Fee

Limited seating. Please note seats can not be allocated.
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