THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD

HELM SHAHRAZAD

By Francois VERSTER

MAD SOLUTIONS - as SALES / DISTR Theatrical, TV, DVD-video, VOD, Airline, Arab World

Documentary - Completed 2014


Festivals
& Awards

Sunny Side of the Doc 2012
Best Documentary in Progress Award
Luxor African Film Festival 2015
Al-Husseini Abu-Deif/Artwatch Africa award for the best Freedom Film
Durban Film Festival 2015
Best South African Documentary
Avanca Awards 2015
Best International Television Film
South African Film and Television 2016
Best Documentary Film and Best Directing in a Documentary
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA, FRANCE, EGYPT, NETHERLANDS, LEBANON, TURKEY
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Francois VERSTER
    • Writer(s)
    • Francois VERSTER
    • Producer(s)
    • Shameela SEEDAT (Undercurrent Film and Television), Wael OMAR (Middlewest Films), Neil BRANDT (Fireworx Media), Francois VERSTER
    • Synopsis
    • The Dream of Shahrazad traces the recent developments on the political and social levels in Egypt and Turkey in an unusually captivating way. Greatly inspired by the exotically famed story collection of 1001 Nights (aka Arabian Nights), the film merges music with political content and deploys the illustrious character of Shahrazad as a metaphor to explore how creativity and political articulation can coincide as a sharp weapon against oppression. The film features an array of individuals from different backgrounds including a Turkish youth orchestra conductor who uses Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade suite as a tool for political education; a young Lebanese actress who reconciles her past by becoming an internet activist in Egypt; an older visual artist who finds his "dream of Shahrazad" in the appearance of a beautiful young storyteller; and an Alexandrian storyteller who meets with the mothers of martyrs of the Revolution and turns their testimonies into new storytelling performances.
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