IDFA Film Festival Hightlight.
Directed by Francois Verster.
Production Country and Year: South Africa, 2014 | Produced by Undercurrent Film and Television CC, Middlewest Films, Fireworx Pty Ltd | Producers: Francois Verster, Shameela Seedat, Wael Omar, Neil Brandt | Director of Photography: Francois Verster | Sound: Francois Verster and Shameela Seedat | Editor: Francois Verster | World Sales: Spier Films | Language: Arabic, Turkish, English with English subtitles
Weaving together music, politics and storytelling, The Dream of Shahrazad explores recent social and political events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon through the metaphor of the 1001 Nights and looks at the ways in which creativity and political articulation coincide in response to oppression. Drawing on the story of Shahrazad, the princess who saves lives by telling stories, this film follows a youth orchestra conductor, a Cairene storytelling troupe, a troubled Lebanese actress and various others as they all put art to new political use.
Francois Verster, the director, will join for a Skype Q&A session after the screening.
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