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 interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. (c) International Film Circuit

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Critic Reviews for Sweet Dreams

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 2, 2013 | Full Review…

Directors Lisa and Rob Fruchtman have made a valuable and affecting addition to the burgeoning canon of post-genocide Rwanda portraits.

Nov 11, 2013 | Full Review…
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This uplifting documentary delivers a compelling human interest story from a still traumatized Rwanda.

Nov 1, 2013 | Full Review…

It is rare to see a movie present such weighty problems and offer nonsimplistic, practical solutions in story form.

Oct 31, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 31, 2013 | Full Review…

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