Sweet Dreams follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from devastation to create a new future for themselves. In 1994 Rwanda suffered a horrifying genocide. Close to a million people were killed by neighbors, friends, even family. The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but "people are not like roads and buildings" says Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director. "How do we rebuild a human being?" Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first and only women's drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. For the women—orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators—the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships, to heal the wounds of the past. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists, so Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda's first and only ice cream shop. She invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site


Lisa Fruchtman, Rob Fruchtman

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