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My Sunny Maad

English title: My Sunny Maad
Original title: Moje slunce Mad
German title: My Sunny Maad
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France, 2021

Director: Pavlátovà, Michaela
Production company: Negativ Film, Sacrebleu Productions
Co-producers: Bfilm, Alkay Animation Prague, Gao Shan Pictures, Innervision
Age recommendation: 16 years and up
Length: 82 min.
Film genre: Animation

When a young Czech woman named Helena falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan man, her world is turned upside down. Set in the interim period between Taliban rule, ‘Helena’ becomes ‘Herra’ as she moves in with her husband’s family in Kabul and attempts to integrate into her new culture and way of life. There, she faces challenges she never expected—such as the duty to hide inside a closet when guests are present, and many unexpected blessings as well, like the adoption of a precocious, socially outcast son, Maad. Her new family includes a progressive grandfather, a mourning mother-in-law, and Freshta, her troubled sister-in-law whose efforts to escape her husband’s violent grip come at a steep cost. Visually stunning and emotive, My Sunny Maad is a personal and poignant reflection on the diverse experiences of Afghan women – and the reality that not everyone in Afghanistan is waiting to be saved.

Annecy IFF 2021 (awarded), Karlovy Vary IFF 2021, Beijing IFF 2021. Haifa IFF 2021,
Thessaloniki IFF 2021, Sevilla IFF 2021
Ankara IFF 2021, Manchester Animation Festival 2021, Castellinaria CFF Bellinzona 2021, Animateka International Animation Film Festival Ljubljana 2021, Golden Globes 2022 (nominated), Anima Brussels 2022, ITFS Stuttgart 2022 (special mention), Animafest Zagreb 2022, BIKY CFF Busan 2022

Study guide: Frennch

Study guide: German

Study guide: Italien

World sales address/es:
Negativ (CZ)

Sold to:
Aerofilms (CZ)
Diaphana (FR)