Runner Up, Drama | Runner Up, Female Directed Film
A young, modern mother struggles to find her place in Baku, Azerbaijan, a culture simultaneously Muslim and secular, progressive as it is traditional, and like her at a crossroads of seeming contradictions. Navigating the trappings of both conventional and modern female roles, she straddles the space between choice and responsibility where in the course of one day she can be a mother, a daughter, a wife, and still be herself.
This film wholly steps inside a woman’s world. The concept is simple but the world is complex. Just like a woman. Tahmina Rafaella wrote, directed, produced and starred in it. Her voice is ever-present and we like what she’s saying.
—Elle S. (Programmer)
Tahmina Rafaella is an Azerbaijani filmmaker and actor based in LA. In 2015, the Ministry of Culture & Tourism of Azerbaijan funded her first feature film, INNER CITY, which she wrote and starred in. The film screened and competed in multiple film festivals around the world. Her directorial debut, A WOMAN, which she also wrote, produced and acted in, premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest. She is an alumni of Talents Sarajevo.
Director: Tahmina Rafaella
Producers: Tahmina Rafaella
Writer: Tahmina Rafaella
Cinematographers: Daniel Guliyev
Editor: Elchin Shukur
Music: Ugur Safarov
Cast: Tahmina Rafaella, Zaur Shafiyev, Saeed Mammadov, Vidadi Hasanov
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