The Dream of Shahrazad
Director: Francois Verster
Country: Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey
Arabic, English, Turkish
Festivals: Best Documentary in Progress, Sunny Side of the Doc 2012, IDFA Forum Selection 2012.
IDFA Masters Selection 2014
Luxor African Film Festival Freedom Competition
Planete Doc Film Festival 2015
London Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015
London International Documentary Film Festival 2015
Cairo Downtown Creative Arts Festival (D-Caf) 2015
Encounters South African Documentary Film Festival 2015
About: 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 Shahrazad, the princess who saves lives by telling stories, a youth orchestra conductor, a Cairean storytelling troupe, a troubled Lebanese actress and various others all put art to new political use.