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Sultana's Dream

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

Sultana’s Dream is a speculative fiction film based on a 1905 feminist utopia story written by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a Muslim feminist, writer and social reformer from Bengal, India. Surrounded by the domesticity of everyday life in pre-colonial India, Sultana has a dream where she is visited by Sara- a woman from the future. Together they embark on a journey into the dream city of Ladyland "a sort of gender-based 'Planet of the Apes' where women are dreaming utopias.

As a creative experiment, the film blends Live Action, VFX, 3D Animation and VR exploring the experience of women in outer space and was made possible with generous support from The Rochester Institute of Technology Film and Animation Program and The Magic Spell Studios. This has been one of the most fun classes I have ever taught as I got to collaborate with my students in translating the script to screen. We are in post production with this project.

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