About the film:
In 1994, Rwandans suffered one of the worst genocides in history. Ten years later, Kiki Katese, a pioneering theatre director, founded Ingoma Nshya, offering healing for women from both sides of the conflict. All are survivors of the genocide. Some lost their families; others are wives or children of perpetrators.
In 2008, Kiki met Jennie and Alexis, the owners of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream Shop and invited them to help Ingoma Nshya open the country’s first local ice cream shop. Ice cream, she argued, was both a new way to create desperately needed jobs and a source and symbol of joy in a country emerging from tragedy.
Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they create their own unique path to a future of peace and possibility.
“Life isn’t just about survival…It’s about living. And what better way to taste the sweetness of life than with some ice cream?” TIME Magazine
“Watching people eating ice cream for the first time was one of the most hilarious and gratifying experiences…The older customers were so shocked by the coldness of it and many asked, ‘Does it have to be this cold? It’s quite cold.’” – Huffington Post
“It is about women, all devastated by the genocide, reclaiming their lives. It is a movement to elevate quality of life. Sweet Dreams underlines everyone’s need to be alive, not just living.” – Inside the United Nations