A Mom for Julia

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Date Time Venue
28/11 (Sat)  4:00pm  PREMIERE ELEMENTS
5/12 (Sat) 5:50pm MOViE MOViE Cityplaza 

Natalya Kadyrova
Russia / 2019 / 79min
In Russian with Eng Sub

Julia was born inside a prison for women to one of the inmates, from whom she was separated when she turned three. Over the years, as Julia grew from a nine month old baby to a girl of seven, three women have been trying to be her mom.

Director's Profile
Born in 1977, Natalya Kadyrova is a screenwriter and director. She graduated from the VGIK (Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography) in Moscow, Russia, and has been working at many Russian television stations where she has created over 60 television documentaries.

Director's Note
I met Julia and her mother Anna in 2010, when I was shooting a documentary in a female prison. Babies from 0 to 3 years old are allowed to stay in prisons with their mothers, however, they live separately, in special "kid's centres" and they meet only twice in a day. Julia was allowed to live with her mother in a special apartment inside the prison as a part of cohabitation experiment. For the whole year our crew observed their life. The film was completely ready in 2012, when Julia was almost 3 years and she was about to move to an orphanage. The film was shown and Natasha Kudryavtseva saw it. She was so impressed by the situation that she decided to become Julia's foster mom while Anna was still in prison. That's why I started following the new story. For me it's a story about responsibility. I am interested in the question: if you can change someone's life, is it your duty to do so?  I also believe, that this documentary will not only share Julia's dramatic story, but will also possibly help the hard life situation that she's in. For me, one of the most important things is that the "Anatomy of Love" documentary had a great social impact in Russia. It helped increase the number of special apartments where mothers can stay together with their children in prisons.


Tickets will be available at screening venue and the Broadway Cinema Website from 23 October.

Ticket Price:$75 / $55*
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