Documentary, 86', CH 2013


MA NA SAPNA - A Mother's Dream is a feature length documentary that was directed by Valerie Gudenus and produced by Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

The film  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.

Camera: Gabriela Betschart, Editor: Natascha Cartolaro, Producer: Dario Schoch, Production: ZHdK

The film was shown at many international film festivals and has won several prizes. Here are some of them:

Visions du Réel 2013, Switzerland/ Vancouver International Film Festival 2013, Canada/ Message to Man Film Festival 2013, Russia/ 30. Kasseler Dokfest 2013, Germany, Max Ophüls Preis 2014, Germany/ Solothurner Filmtage 2014, Switzerland/ Docudays UA 2014, Ukraine/ One World 2014, Czech Republic/ DokFest 2014, Germany/ Verzio Documentary Film Festival 2014, Hungary/ Jeden Svent Film Festival 2014, Slovakia

Awards: Dokfest Munich Speed Pitch Award 2010/ Victor Alexis Thalberg Award 2013, Best Documentary, Switzerland/ First Steps Awards Nomination Best Documentary 2013, Germany/ DOCUDAYS UA Best Documentary 2014 (DOC/RIGHTS)/ Special Mention for Best Photography and Audience Award, Sole Luna Film Festival Palermo and Treviso 2015


Watch one of the teasers of Ma Na Sapna - A Mother's Dream. Papiha visits the twin girls she gave birth to for the first time.