This is the story of a teenage illegal migrant girl Ademoka who lives in Kazakhstan and is forced to be a beggar to survive. But at the same time she’s bright and talented and dreams of studying all the time. Her illegal status and absence of citizenship is a serious obstacle for that. At some point Ademoka gets a chance to receive an education and help comes from the unexpected side. The one least believable to be supportive, a loser Ahab, stretches out a helping hand…
About the director:
Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Director, screenwriter. Winner of 2019 APSA for Achievement in Directing for his film A Dark-Dark Man. He is a two-time participant of both the Cannes IFF (The Owners, 2014, and The Gentle Indifference of the World, 2018) and the Venice IFF (Yellow Cat, 2020 and Goliath, 2022 — Premio Bisato d’Oro). Prize-winner of the major film events like Rotterdam, Warsaw, Wiesbaden, Tallinn, Edinburgh, Chicago. Other works include: The Plague in the Karatas Village (2016), Night God (2018), Atbay’s Fight (2019), Ulbolsyn (2020), Assault (2022).