The Dream of Shahrazad explores the recent history of political and social events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon by merging together music, politics and storytelling.
Like princess Shahrazad tells stories to save lives in The 1001 Nights, in the film, a youth orchestra conductor, a Cairean storytelling troupe, a troubled Lebanese actress and various others all put art to new political use.
Francois Verster is an award-winning South African documentary film director whose films have won awards, most notably an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Achievement in 2006 for A Lion’s Trail.
Verster’s films tackle social injustices, taking a personal approach to delivering people’s stories and experiences through intimate access into their lives and homes.
His Cape-Town-based production company Undercurrent Film & Television, has been producing documentary programmes for local and international markets since 1998.
THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD teaser Oct 2014 from Spier Films on Vimeo.
Wednesday, 1 April, 9.30pm
Odeon Cinema, downtown