Opening Night Gala Presentation: THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS

Canada202397 minUrdu, English with English subtitles2slgbtq+, Directed By Women

When Azra, a queer Muslim grad student, hears of her father’s sudden death, she flies back to her ancestral home in Karachi, Pakistan for the funeral, where she is received by her conservative mother, Mariam, perpetually disappointed by Azra’s choices. As a self-assured Azra wrestles with Karachi’s customs and norms, we time travel back to Mariam’s own life in the city 30 years ago, a remarkably different era in Pakistan’s political and cultural history.

Through Azra and Mariam’s shared love for the inimitable Bollywood star, Sharmila Tagore, director Fawzia Mirza tells a story that illuminates layers of a deep and complex bond between generations of women who live in starkly different times yet negotiate their freedoms and desires in strikingly similar ways. With outstanding performances by an all-star cast spanning continents, Mirza invites us all to celebrate unlikely bonds and the unifying power of cinema in this energetic, polychromatic, and unforgettable feature debut.

– Mariam Zaidi


Amrit Kaur

Nimra Bucha

Hamza Haq

Ayana Manji


Meher Jaffri

Ali. A. Kazmi


Toronto International Film Festival, 2023
Atlantic International Film Festival, 2023
St John’s International Women’s Film Festival,
Inside Out Ottawa, 2023

Director Bio

Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia Mirza is a Canadian writer and director with multiple film and television credits including the feature Signature Move (2017), which they co-wrote, produced, and starred in. They directed the short films The Queen of My Dreams (2012), I Know Her (2019), Saya (2019), Noor & Layla (2021), The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night (21), and Auntie (2022). The Queen of My Dreams (2023) is their directorial feature debut.



8 Nov, 2023 7:30 pm

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Join us for a Q&A immediately after the screening with director Fawzia Mirza.

Opening Night Gala Party

Join us at CSI Annex for the Opening Night Gala Party after the screening of THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS.

10PM-12AM at CSI Annex

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This space is wheelchair and step-free accessible via a staff-operated lift.
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