Illustration of women's rights protest with signs for equality and education.

Sultana's Dream

(Sultana's Dream)

This animated film, inspired by a utopian narrative about a world run by women, is a journey to an alternative reality, serving as a basis for contemplating gender dynamics and sisterhood.

Inés, a 30-year-old animator, has just broken up with her partner. By chance, in a bookshop she discovers Sultana’s Dream, a satirical novella published in Bengal in 1905. In it, feminist author Rokeya Hossain describes an imaginary country ruled by women. Influenced by the book, Inés begins to make her own film. Shooting is intermingled with a narrative about Hossain’s life. The last level of this magical-realist film is built on animated illustrations from the book. The film is not only a blend of the past and the present, fiction with reality, but also uses a mixture of various animation techniques. They are inspired by watercolours, shadow play and traditional henna decoration techniques, together forming a unique visual experience.

Lucerna Cinema – Large Hall, Vodičkova 36, Praha 1

Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Kamila Dolotina, Moderator
Gianmarco Serra, Musician

Světozor Cinema – Small Hall, Vodičkova 41, Praha 1

Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Eva Svobodová, Moderator
Radka Denemarková, Writer
TitleSultana's Dream
Original TitleSultana's Dream
Original LanguageBasque
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFeature film
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginSpain, Germany
Length86 min.
Tags Women's rights, Asia
Director Isabel Herguera

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