I get the chance to talk to Fawzia ahead of the film’s world premiere, here’s what she had to say…
My work is very much about centring folks who haven’t been at the centre of the story
- BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY HAPPY MONDAY
Fawzia Mirza (she/they) is a trailblazing queer, Muslim, South Asian writer/director who’s films serve up much-needed representation while also making audiences laugh and cry. Her upcoming feature directorial debut, The Queen Of My Dreams, is a dramedy that explores the life of a Pakistani-Canadian family. Azra (Amrit Kaur), is a queer young woman who lives a very different life from her conservative Muslim mother Mariam (Nimra Bucha). But when grief strikes their family, Azra finds herself on a Bollywood-inspired journey through memories – both real and fantastical – from her mother’s younger years in Karachi to her own coming-of-age as an immigrant in rural Canada.