Streams

Bringing Ice Cream to Rwanda

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sweet Dreams is a documentary about a group of Rwandan women who, after forming the first female drumming troupe in the country, set their sights on opening Rwanda's first ice cream shop. We speak with the film's co-director/producer Rob Fruchtman as well as Alexis Miesen, co-founder of Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn and executive director of the nonprofit Blue Marble Dreams who traveled to Rwanda and helped the women start their shop.

Sweet Dreams Film Trailer from Liro Films on Vimeo.

Guests:

Alexis Miesen and Rob Fruchtman
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Comments [5]

Alexis Miesen

Hi roseellen and john from office. Thanks for your perspectives. I encourage you to learn more about the project and its genesis before jumping to conclusions. It might surprise you and change your mind, if you let it. We were honored to have been invited to Rwanda by Rwandans to play a modest supporting role in some of the healing and rebuilding efforts they have initiated to to lead their their country to a more peaceful, prosperous place - efforts which focus heavily on forgiveness and development. I hope you both have found your own way to make a unique and meaningful impact on the world around us. -Alexis Miesen (Blue Marble Dreams)

Nov. 04 2013 01:28 PM

I love the way these westerners go there telling the Rwandans they should learn to forgive the other. Never heard yet anyone telling the Jews they should "forgive" the Nazis for the holocaust or that the blacks should forgive the whites for enslaving them or never heard anyone telling the native Americans to forgive the genocide committed against them.Here it's mea culpas and apologizing and never forget, ad infinitum, it seems. This "forgive" word is thrown around when we have the luxury of detachment. Very patronizing and condescending.

Nov. 04 2013 12:03 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I meant to include the link for Divine: http://www.divinechocolate.com/us/about-us/divine-story.

Nov. 04 2013 11:56 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there any chance they could make an arrangement w/Divine Chocolate, a fair trade chocolate maker based in Ghana? I know, it's most of the way across the continent, but wouldn't it be great for these 2 to work together?

Nov. 04 2013 11:55 AM
john from office

Lets come back in 5 years and see where this ends. Ice Cream and drumming are white liberal answers to serious social problems. What about knitting??

Nov. 04 2013 11:51 AM

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