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Mustafa and his college-aged son, Alim have set out to a morgue in Kyiv to recover the body of Alim’s Brother

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Director: Nariman Aliev

Cast: Akhtem Seitablayev, Remzi Bilyalov, Dariya Barihashvili, Anatoliy Marempolskiy, 
Viktor Zhdanov, Veronika Lukianenko, Akmal Gurezov, Larysa Yatzenko

96 mins, Ukraine 2019, Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and Russian with English subtitles, Cert: Club


Mustafa (Akhtem Seitablayev) and his college-aged son, Alim (Remzi Bilyalov) have set out to a morgue in Kyiv to recover the body of Alim’s older brother, Nazim, yet another casualty of the war with Russia. Although Nazim had been living in Kyiv with his Orthodox wife, Oleysa, Mustafa is insistent that his son is given a traditional Muslim burial beside his mother’s grave in Crimea and excludes Oleysa from the road-trip.

Despite the obvious tensions between father and son, the two men have one thing in common – their shared language of Crimean Tatar. Along the way, they face many obstacles, not least a decomposing cadaver, and Alim is hard-pressed to accept his father’s determination to uphold tradition at all costs. However, the on-going challenges encourage the pair to better understand each other and profoundly impacts their relationship.

“★ ★ ★ ★ …striking Ukrainian road-trip drama across a war-torn land.” – Wendy Ide, The Observer

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