Ma Na Sapna
A Mother's Dream

2013 | Documentary | 86 min | MA Film

Directed by Valerie Gudenus

Collection: Degree Films 2013

„Ma Na Sapna – A Mother's Dream“ follows six women and their surrogate broker through different stages of surrogacy in a clinic in the Northwest of India. It explores the women’s hopes, the joys and conflicts they experience while living together and the inevitable moment of having to give up the newborn child. Ma Na Sapna is a subtle portrait of six mothers on their surrogate journey, giving them a voice that otherwise remains unheard.

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Runtime86 min
Year of Production2013
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP, HDCAM, Digi Beta, Blu-ray, DVD, Beta SP
Aspect Ratio1.85:1
Audio Format5.1
Shooting FormatXDCAM EX
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director Valerie Gudenus
Cinematography Gabriela Betschart
Music Georg Rohbeck
Editor Natascha Cartolaro
Screenplay Valerie Gudenus
Creative Producer Dario Schoch
Casting Valerie Gudenus
Location Sound Engineer Manaledi La Roche
Sound Design Jacques Kieffer
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Graphic Artist Sandra Reichl
Technical Support Equipment Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Rebecca Siegfried
Financial Support Bundesamt für Kultur
Zürcher Filmstiftung
Filme für eine Welt
Stiftung Corymbo
DOK.fest Speed Pitch Award
Gamil Stiftung
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Anita Wasser
Head of Programme MA Film Prof. Markus Imboden


30. March 2014
First Prize DOCU|RIGHT

Valerie Gudenus' documentary film MA NA SAPNA is awarded 1st Prize in the Section DOCU|RIGHT at the Kiev International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival.

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1. October 2013
Alexis Thalberg Foundation Documentary Film Award

1st Prize: MA NA SAPNA by Valerie Gudenus / 2nd Prize: Le Dimanche en Famille by Annie Gisler / 2nd Prize: Julie will mehr by Su Meures

19. September 2013
Nomination of three MA degree films

In the Category "Documentary Film", the five nominated films include two ZHdK films: MA NA SAPNA by Valerie Gudenus and NEULAND by Anna Thommen. | In the Category "Short and Animation Films", Talkon Hamzavi's multiple-awarding film PARVANEH has been nominated for FIRST STEPS.

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1. October 2011
Speed Pitch Award

Script Development Award, 2011 Munich Documentary Film Festival

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6. November 2014 – 11. November 2014
VERZIO Documentary Film Festival

24. August 2014 – 22:35
Filmreihe Frauen im Islam

23. July 2014 – 3. August 2014
Fünf Seen Filmfestival
Starnberg Seefeld Herrsching

26. June 2014 – 1. July 2014
Bonner Dokumentarfilmwoche

9. June 2014 – 10:00

12. May 2014 – 16. May 2014
Ethnocineca Festival

7. May 2014 – 14. May 2014
Int. Dokumentarfilmfestival München

21. March 2014 – 28. March 2014
International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival

3. March 2014 – 13. March 2014
One World Int. Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

23. January 2014 – 30. January 2014
Solothurner Filmtage

20. January 2014 – 26. January 2014
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

29. September 2013 – 11. October 2013
Vancouver International Film Festival

29. September 2013 – 10:00

23. September 2013 – 26. September 2013
"Message to man" International Documentary, Short & Animated Films Festival
St. Petersburg

19. April 2013 – 26. April 2013
Visons du réel - Festival international de cinéma Nyon