“Charming, moving, and magnetic.” - Proma Khosla, Indiewire

“Remains pleasing across its different decades and drawn similarities, its emotional story emboldened by the color palette of a shelf full of saris.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 p.m. | In THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS—making its Chicago debut after screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, and the London Film Festival—queer Pakistani grad student Azra (Amrit Kaur) is worlds apart from her conservative Muslim mother. When her father suddenly dies on a trip home to Pakistan, Azra finds herself on a Bollywood-inspired journey through memories, both real and imagined; from her mother’s youth in Karachi to her own coming-of-age in rural Canada.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - New Direction Competition, Cleveland International Film Festival
Nominee - First Feature Competition, London Film Festival
Nominee - Audience Award, Festival Favorites, SXSW

Asian American Showcase: Presented as an annual collaboration with the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and now celebrating its 27th year, the Asian American Showcase (AAS) provides a platform for new work by established and emerging Asian American filmmakers. View full program.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu