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Directed by Aizhan Kassymbek

Cast: Alibek Adiken, Amira Akylbek, Arslan Akuybayev, Madina Akylbekova, Nesibeli Serikbayeva

Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.

Deep gratitude to all of our community organizations for the work that they lead. Special thanks to KPFK Film Club for their help in promoting this program.

Discover the enchanting tale of love, loss, and redemption in the heart of Madina. Join us on a journey where destinies intertwined amidst the mesmerizing country of Kazakhstan. Experience the magic of Madina’ as it unfolds on the big screen – a story of a single mother’s day-to-day battle of survival as she navigates her two worlds as a sex worker and as the head of her family. The film will captivate your heart and soul.

Content Advisory: Grief, emotional pain, nudity

Writer: Aizhan Kassymbek, Alibek Duisenbiyev
Producer: Aizhan Kassymbek, Abid Aziz Merchant
Executive Producer: Apoorva Bakshi
Director of Photography: Aigul Nurbulatova
Editor: Aidan Serik
Production Designer: Ayana Nurdinova
Composer: Robert Zingashin
Sound Designer: Ilya Gariyev
Music: Robert Zingashin

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Dates & Times


Democracy Center @ JANM

Sun, May 5
5:00 pm

VC Online

Mon, May 6
11:59 pm