Sweet Dreams (2013)
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Rwanda's first and only all women's drumming troupe is called Ingoma Nshya. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda's first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS
Nov 1, 2013 Limited
International Film Circuit - Official Site
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An uplifting tale from Rwanda? It's a startling idea, but here it is, in the form of "Sweet Dreams," a documentary about a group of Rwandan women trying to put the nation's horrific recent past behind them.
The most memorable thing about Sweet Dreams is that it allows us to experience the resilience, the capacity for happiness these women retain in spite of all they've been through. There's a lesson there for all of us.
Directors Lisa and Rob Fruchtman have made a valuable and affecting addition to the burgeoning canon of post-genocide Rwanda portraits.
This uplifting documentary delivers a compelling human interest story from a still traumatized Rwanda.
It is rare to see a movie present such weighty problems and offer nonsimplistic, practical solutions in story form.
It's utterly rousing watching the women master their instruments and then push past the birth pains of their new business enterprise, and it's completely wrenching as their individual backstories unfold.
There are real emotional connections found here, whether it's the residual trauma from the Rwandan civl war or the joy of the subjects embarking on a new business endeavor.
For a country suffering deep historical scars, it's amazing how much a delicious treat can do to bring healing.
The joy that reflects on their faces from the energetic music and the cool, creamy treats is a rare thing.
A documentary about a bold African woman in Rwanda whose efforts to renew her community pay off.
In attempting to navigate such a fraught social context, the filmmakers neither patronize their subjects as objects deserving of our lofted pity nor paint them as martyrs.
Making ice cream out of heartbreak. A testimony to courage and resiliency.
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