A Mother's Dream

(Ma Na Sapna)
(India, Switzerland, 2013, 85 mins, DCP)
North American Premiere
SCR Valerie Gudenus
CAM Gabriela Betschart
ED Natascha Cartolaro
MUS Georg Rohbeck
PROD CO Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Guests in attendance.


Six pregnant women in Anand, in northwest India, dream of the better life they’ll enjoy the day their babies are born… and then handed over to their rightful mothers. A sensitive, well-crafted examination of the complex issue of surrogacy, Valerie Gudenus’ documentary chronicles these women’s aspirations and the complications that arise during their nine-month journeys. The result is a subtle and necessary group portrait that gives a voice to those who would otherwise remain unheard.

"When I first met the surrogate mothers in Anand, I remember being immensely touched and impressed by the sheer strength and courage these women muster every day of their lives… I realized that my film would have to tell their personal stories, and by doing so, talk about the value of women and the value of life in general. What makes a life valuable? Can you even measure the value of giving life?… Recent events in India have again shown the need to tell stories like these. Stories about dreaming of a better future, about pursuing these dreams in spite of the harsh realities of life. I hope to pass on the voices and the experiences of these women to reflect on the inequality and the codependence of today’s civilizations."—Valerie Gudenus

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