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Sweet Dreams (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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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

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (0)

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.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Directors Lisa and Rob Fruchtman have made a valuable and affecting addition to the burgeoning canon of post-genocide Rwanda portraits.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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This uplifting documentary delivers a compelling human interest story from a still traumatized Rwanda.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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It is rare to see a movie present such weighty problems and offer nonsimplistic, practical solutions in story form.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics

A touching tribute to hope and resilience.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

For a country suffering deep historical scars, it's amazing how much a delicious treat can do to bring healing.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The joy that reflects on their faces from the energetic music and the cool, creamy treats is a rare thing.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A documentary about a bold African woman in Rwanda whose efforts to renew her community pay off.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Making ice cream out of heartbreak. A testimony to courage and resiliency.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: It's Just Movies
It's Just Movies

A female empowerment flick featuring a blend of ice cream and drumming as a viable path to rehabilitation and reconciliation.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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