Sultana's Dream: Live Action, VFX, 3D Animation
Sultana’s Dream is a sci-fi film based on a 1905 feminist utopian story written by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a Muslim feminist, writer and social reformer from Bengal, India. It was published in the same year in Madras-based English periodical The Indian Ladies Magazine. 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 project blends Live Action, VFX, 3D Animation and VR exploring the experience of women in outer space. It is driven by Afrofuturism; a philosophical and aesthetic concept that reimagines BIPOC solidarities leading radical visions of future. The film features local Rochester artists Almeta Whittis and Daystar Dance alongwith a diverse cast of actors who join Sultana in a timeless journey across time and space. Project visitors will be able to explore the attached Poster, Look Book and engage with project team.