“Sweet Dreams” Rwandan Women Heal Their Country With Drumming & Ice Cream

October 22, 2013  |  

Despite watching movies like Hotel Rwanda, many of us will never understand what it’s like to live in a country so racked by genocide that nearly a million people were killed in the course of 100 days. That was the case in 1994, when the Hutus went after the Tutsis in the East African country Rwanda. Even though this mass murder ended nearly twenty years ago, the healing need from those atrocities is still taking place.

Enter the stars of the documentary Sweet Dreams, Ingoma Nshya, an all female drumming troupe made up of both Hutus and Tusis. Traditionally, in Rwanda women are not allowed to even touch a drum. It’s an activity reserved for men; but in an effort to usher in a new era, these women have partnered together and formed a drum circle.

Drumming is just the first part in these ladies’ plan to further unite the country. The group partners with American entrepreneurs to open the country’s first ice cream shop. The documentary, Sweet Dreams, follows the women as they embrace independence, peace and hopefulness as the women tell their stories of creating music and mending their country’s wounds.

Ice cream may seem like a vehicle too simple to impact real change; but for a country that has only seen and heard about the treat in movies, bringing it to Rwanda is something special.

Check out the trailer for the film below.


Sweet Dreams will be showing in New York on Friday, November 1 and in Los Angeles on Friday, November 29th.


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