When Herra, a Czech
woman, falls in love with Nazir, an
Afghan, she has no idea about the
life that awaits her in the post-
Taliban Afghanistan, nor about
the family she is about to join.
A grandfather who is a feminist, an
adopted young boy who astounds
with his intellect, and Freshta who
will do anything to run away from
her abusive husband. Like the other
women in the family, Herra wears
a burka and hides in a closet when
guests arrive. She soon starts a new
job with an American woman, Heidi,
who has little understanding of the
way women live in Afghanistan, and
still less that not everybody wants to
be saved by the Westerners.
The main strength of the story based on Petra Prochazkova’s novel lies in gentle humour and well observed everyday details of the family life. My Sunny Maad is a deeply moving story that makes me laugh and cry at the same time. A universal tale of husbands and wives, lovers and friends, who all seek happiness and acceptance against the backdrop of the unexpected events emerging around them. It is a story about the conceptions of human faith in a war-stricken country, seen through the eyes of the main heroine, the Czech woman Herra. I found a story in which I can fully use the possibilities of an animated film to share the strong emotion, thrill and, most importantly to me, the specific humour through sound, and musical and visual stylization.