Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda's first and only all women's drumming troupe. 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.Written by
International Film Circuit
Sweet Dreams: and the hard work and sacrifice that goes into them
Sweet Dreams was an amazing documentary in my opinion and put to light some of the atrocities that happened in Rwanda and the aftermath of people dealing with them. A group of women who drum together, which that in itself is something not very common in Rwanda because drumming is looked at as something only men did, but they took it upon themselves to try and open the first ice cream shop in Rwanda. The women in the film have all gone through different things during Rwanda's genocide and the weight of what they all went through can be seen in how they live their lives. The directors Lisa and Rob Frenchman, brother and sister combo, did a fantastic job in their interviews to get the hurt these people felt and the happiness when it came to something as simple as having a job at an ice cream shop so they can achieve their goals.
This film shows the strong feminism movement going on in Rwanda geared towards trying to empower more women. The other strong theme showed in this film would be that of forgiveness. In the film it deals with people trying to live in a community where their neighbors have killed their parents, siblings and other relatives but, they get over it and hug these people and some cases invite them for food. In showing these things in the film the directors have given us this work of art to show just how strong the human spirit can be.
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