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Award-Winning Film “The Queen of My Dreams” Gets American Debut
“Y’all have been asking when and where you can see the movie and here it is,” Mirza wrote on Instagram about the premiere. “We are so blessed and have our dream U.S. premiere [at] a festival that screened my first feature, a place where my life changed.”
Muslim Canadian filmmaker Fawzia Mirza just announced the United States premiere of her full-length directorial debut, “The Queen of My Dreams” (2023). The film, a comedy-drama that is based on Mirza’s short of the same name (2012), is set to screen at SXSW this March. “The Queen of My Dreams” premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It went on to be named one of TIFF's top 10 films of 2023.
“Y’all have been asking when and where you can see the movie and here it is,” Mirza wrote on Instagram about the premiere. “We are so blessed and have our dream U.S. premiere [at] a festival that screened my first feature, a place where my life changed.” In the same post, Mirza announced that “The Queen of My Dreams” would screen to U.S. audiences in SXSW’s Festival favorite” category, which platforms acclaimed standouts from festivals around the world.
“The Queen of My Dreams” follows Azra (Amrit Kaur), a Pakistani Canadian woman who’s more interested in grad school than being her mother Mariam’s (Nimra Bucha) perfect Muslim daughter. Azra’s relationship with her parents has been strained since coming out as queer, but when her father (Hamza Haq) suddenly passes away, she must return to Pakistan and confront the complicated relationship she shares with her mother. From there, the film follows the now-conservative Mariam through a series of flashbacks of her own complex life in Karachi 30 years prior. Kaur also plays the younger version of her mother in a casting choice Mirza credits as “homage to South Asian films where double-casting is a common practice.”
The film has reached acclaim since its Sep. 2023 debut. “The Queen of My Dreams” was shortlisted for the 2023 Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award at the Directors Guild of Canada. Mirza was also nominated for First Feature Competition at the London Film Festival. Kaur was awarded for her performance as both Azra and Young Mariam when she won Best Actress at the Iris Prize Festival.
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