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Astana, Kazakhstan • 30 September, 2023 | 08:06

Kazakh Drama 'Madina' to Premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival

The film follows a single mother's quest for justice in an indifferent world

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Frame from Madina trailer
Frame from Madina trailer

The social drama ‘Madina’, telling the story of a single mother juggling her family responsibilities in the face of an increasingly demanding wealthy admirer, has been selected to premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival, QazMonitor reports.

In an Instagram post, director Aizhan Kassymbekova described the film as “a true labor of grit, determination, and love,” highlighting its selection for the Asian Future program.

Set against the harsh backdrop of a Kazakh winter, 'Madina' unfolds the tale of a woman who must summon the courage to seek justice in an indifferent world while safeguarding her family.

Established in 1985, the Tokyo International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Asia. The 36th edition, scheduled for October 23 to November 1 in the capital of Japan, will spotlight the diverse realms of world cinema, spanning from arthouse to blockbuster, and the potential for groundbreaking narratives that shape life and culture.

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