Official Selection - Out of Competition


Tahmina Rafaella
Female Director First feature film Politics & War 90 min Azerbaijan, Italy, Iran, France
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Custody battle against the backdrop of war

When Banu files for divorce from her abusive husband, he retaliates by claiming full custody or their young son and accusing her of being an unfit mother. While her husband has influence, Banu struggles to find witnesses willing to testify that he was abusive. Set in the final days of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War in 2020, the film draws parallels between that tragic conflict and the battle for custody, while also contrasting waves of public patriotism for the fallen “martyrs” with the grief of widows and mothers who have lost their husbands and sons.


  • Tahmina Rafaella
  • Melek Abbaszade
  • Zaur Shafiyev
  • Jafar Hasan
  • Kabira Hashimli
  • Emin Asgarov
  • Zemfira Abdulsamadova


  • Tahmina Rafaella


  • Touraj Aslani


  • Nekolal Tak
  • Hirad Alavi Fard


  • Noori Pictures


Tuesday 07 March 2023 14:30
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Russian, Azerbaijani
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening

Tahmina Rafaella

Tahmina Rafaella
Tahmina Rafaella

Azerbaijani filmmaker Tahmina Rafaella was only 19 when her script, Icari Sahar (Inner City), was made into a film where she also starred as the lead character. She has gone on to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles, while still writing. She also wrote and starred in her directorial debut, short film Qadın (A Woman).


  • Banu 2022
  • Qadin (A Woman) 2020
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