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.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF CZECH FILM FUND
21. 10. 2021
DCP, HD Files
Cast & Crew
Ivan Arsenjev, Yaël Giovanna Lévy
Evgueni & Sacha Galperine
Niels Barletta , Régis Diebold , Gregory Vincent, Mathieu Z’Graggen, Jan Čeněk
About the film
In 2002 a young Czech woman called Helena (Herra in Afghani) travels to Kabul to marry Nazir, whom she met as a student in Prague. Besides love, what brings her here is a thirst for new and authentic experience, a fascination with the exotic religion and way of life, and the rootlessness caused by her upbringing in a dysfunctional Western family.
Ten years later, when our story begins, this motivation is still as strong as ever. In fact Herra embraces her Afghan identity more and more, and is happy to renounce her female freedoms if it helps her become integrated in a traditional Afghan family. Not only does she now accept as normal her confinement to the home and the need to wear the burka – she sees the purpose of these things. Her beloved Nazir is torn between his love for her and Afghan custom, which makes him treat his wife insensitively and by European standards inhumanely. Despite this, theirs is a loving family and there are plenty of light-hearted, unexpectedly funny moments.