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Directed By Aizhan Kassymbek

Kazakhstan, Pakistan, USA | Narrative | 73 min

New York City Premiere

— About Madina

The film tells the story of a single mother, Madina, who struggles through her life with a lack of confidence in the present and a lack of hope in the future. Her day-to-day routine is a battle for survival.

In trying to earn a living for her small family—an old grandmother, a withdrawn little brother, and a two-year-old daughter—Madina is ready to go against her moral principles. Her feelings are frozen by a cold winter inside her that seems to never end, until one day her brother makes a shocking revelation. The knowledge of the abuse to which he was subjected as a child changes everything for Madina and breaks the ice that covers her soul.



      • Date and Time

        Friday, August 09 2024

        6:00 PM to 7:32 PM

      • Venue

        Regal Union Square - Auditorium 15

        850 Broadway
        New York, NY 10003

      Film Details

      1. Violence, Sexual content, Nudity

      2. Kazakh

      3. English

      4. New York City Premiere

      5. 2023

      6. 73 minutes

      7. Drama

      8. Narrative

      9. Kazakhstan, Pakistan, USA

        1. Aizhan Kassymbek

        Aizhan graduated from the Asian Film Academy program in 2019. Her debut short film, SU, won the Grand Prix at Hanoi's Festival. AUA, another notable work, screened at global festivals. Her debut feature, FIRE, premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2021, gained recognition at 30+ festivals, and earned 16 awards. Aizhan empowers women in film, as evident in her all-woman crew debut. She aims to bolster Kazakhstani female filmmakers. Her second film, MADINA, is a co-production with Pakistan and USA, and had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2023.

        1. Aizhan Kassymbek

          Abid Aziz Merchant

          Apoorva Bakshi

        1. Aizhan Kassymbek

          Alibek Duisenbiyev

        1. Madina Akylbekova

          Alibek Adiken

          Nesibeli Serikbayeva

          Amira Akylbek

        1. DP: Aigul Nurbulatova

          Production Designer: Ayana Nurdinova

          Editor: Aidan Serik

          Composer: Robert Zingashin

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