Sweet Dreams

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November 7th, 2014, 7:00pm –
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

Sweet Dreams follows the story of Rwandan women empowering themselves, forming the first ever female drumming troupe and an ice cream business; both were previously unheard of in Rwanda. This film focuses upon the hopes and challenges of a post-conflict society. A group of 60 women pound out rhythms of power in the drumming group, Ingoma Nshya (New Dreams). For the women (orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators and victims alike) the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships and to heal the wounds of the past. The drumming, singing and dancing is pure joy; yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs 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, difficult stories from the past with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. Filmmaker, Lisa Fruchtman says “The film is about healing through art and enterprise.” Best Documentary, Festival de Cine Mujer DOC; Audience Award, IDFA