Author & director

Maria Brendle

Maria Brendle is an award-winning director and scriptwriter based in Zurich, Switzerland. She received her bachelor’s degree in film from the Zurich University of the Arts and her master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (aon) from the Academy of Neurosciense Cologne. Maria graduated the renowned Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich. She works with a focus on women issues. www.maria-brendle.de

Producer Filmgerberei

Nadine Luechinger

graduated in 2010 in ethnology, economy and politics from the University of Zurich. For her thesis she realized the documentary LIFE IN SOAP BUBBLES as an autodidact, thereby launching her film career. The film won two awards and was shown at various national and international festivals. 2011 she started working in the field of film production in different Swiss production companies. Since 2014 she has been producing short films, feature films and documentaries at Filmgerberei in Zurich.
nl@filmgerberei.ch

Producer Filmgerberei

Flavio Gerber

founded the film production company Filmgerberei GmbH in 2008 together with his brother Silvio Gerber. As a producer and director he realizes documentaries and feature films as well as corporate films and commercials. His passion has always been devoted to the extraordinary and unheard stories of this world.
fg@filmgerberei.ch

Director of Photography

Gabriel Sandru

works as a freelance camera man for feature and documentary films. The native-born Romanian studied film at the Zurich University of Arts and at the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, Bucharest. He is the co-founder of the filmproduction company 8horses GmbH.

Assistant director

Cosima Frei

discovered her interest in film during an exchange year in New Zealand and completed her master's degree in directing at the Zurich University of Arts in 2017. Currently, she is working on different projects as a director and assistant director while writing the script for her next feature film.

Koordination Produktion Kirgistan

Nadine Boller

grew up in Switzerland and is currently living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In 2013 she completed her master's degree in film sciences and English linguistics at the University of Lausanne. Thereafter, she took a intensive fulltime course in documentaries at the Met Film School in Berlin. As a filmmaker and camerawoman she has already realized various projects in Kyrgyzstan with a focus on cultural and social topics.

CREDITS

Cast

Sezim  –  Alina Turdumamatova
Dayrbek  –  Nurbek Esengazy Uulu
Aksana  –  Madina Talipbekova
Sezim’s Mother  –  Taalaykan Abazova
Sezim’s Father  –  Kanat Abdahmanov
Sezim’s Sister  –  Aybike Erkinbekova
Grandmother  –  Jandat Djamanbaeva
Dayrbek’s Mother  –   Sheker Joomartova
Dayrbek’s Father  –  Ruslan Orozakunov
Aunt  –  Jyldyz Mikieva
Goat  –  Karagat

With

Chagaldak Zamirbekov, Kayrat Mederkulov, Arsen Maksatbek, Nurzat Israilova, Eldiyar Jeldenbaev, Dinara Abdykadyrova, Ainura Japarova, Aika Akmatova, Aziz Torokulov, Altynbek Uulu Zalkar, Abirov Kumar, Fatima Kacyvova, Anarkul Nazarkulova

Crew

Co-Producer   –  Martin Skalsky, Buzzinho Codestar Productions GmbH
Production Coordinator  –  Nadine Boller
Unit Manager  –  Cholponai Borubaeva
Post Production Coordinator  –  Mirjana De Rosa
Production Assistants  –  Fanny Nussbaumer

1st Assistant Director  – Cosima Frei
2nd Assistant Director  –  Ilir Hasanaj
Script Supervisor  –  Chinara Suimenalieva

Casting  –  Maria Brendle
Casting Assistant  –  Cosima Frei
Casting  Coordinator  –  Cholponai Borubaeva

1st AC  –  Delia Schiltknecht
DIT  –  Müge Alper

Gaffer  –  Silvia “Fafa” Fierz
Sparks  –  Joldosh Akmataliev, Tariel Talantbek, Berksultan
Joldoshbekov

Sound Recordist  –  Ivo Schläpfer

Production Design  –  Elchibek Shamenov
Set Decorator  –  Joomart Tuigunov

Make-Up  –  Cholpon Saitova

Costume  –  Fatima Kacyvova

Music Composer  –  Martin Skalsky

Sound-Design  –  Michael Duss, Triplet Studios

Colour-Grading  –  Jürgen Kupka, Unsere Farben

Crowdfunding Campaign  –  Livia Gerber

Making-Of & Runner  –  Timur Kalybekovich
Making-Of Editor  –  Urs Westermann

Drivers  –  Aibek Baibosov, Bahtiar Usuvaliev, Azamat Kenesbekovih Makeshov, Kanat Abdrahmanov

Script Translator  –  Aisuluu Mukai Kyzy, Mahabat Sadyrbek
Translator at Rehearsals  –  Aimeerim Tursalieva
On-Set Translator  –  Cholpon Demuth