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    When Zdenka, a single woman in Czech Republic, started playing online games with strangers, she didn't know it would change her life. Neither did Tabish, a computer scientist a world away in Pakistan. Their friendship turned to romance, and after flying to Sri Lanka to meet in real life, the committed couple married. Tabish filled out Czech immigration applications and Zdenka eagerly awaited her husband's arrival. But five years later, the two remain apart, forced to live their married life on Skype. Time and again, the Czech government rejects Tabish's entry requests. But why? Are they protecting Zdenka, an older woman in a wheelchair, from a "feigned marriage," or themselves from a calculating young man from Pakistan seeking entry into the EU? Are they paternalistic, ableist or simply racist? With grit, humour and dogged perseverance, the couple digs in to battle a faceless bureaucracy. In these cynical and austere times, can love ever win?

     

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  • The film has been supported by the Creative Europe Media and the Czech Film Fund. It was also awarded the Czech TV Co-production Award at the East Doc Platform.

    74 / 52 min, Czech Republic / USA
    directed by: Katerina Hager & Asad Faruqi

    production company: Bohemian Productions

    coproducers: Czech TV, Circus Lion Pictures

    photos by: Jana Plavec

     

    international sales : Mediawan Rights       

    festivals requests: Suzanne Nodale suzanne.nodale@mediawan.com & Kilian Kiefel kkiefel@mediawan.com

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    Warsaw Film Festival 2021!

    Very excited about our film A MARRIAGE competing at the Warsaw Film Festival 2021!


    https://wff.pl/en/film/37-a-marriage

    AJB DOC Film Festival

    A MARRIAGE presented at the AJB DOC Film Festival in Sarajevo!

    Czech cinema premiere of A MARRIAGE

    The Czech cinema premiere of A MARRIAGE took place in Aero cinema September 8, launching the cinema distribution in the country.

    Photo: Katarína Hudáčinová

    Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště!

    A well-deserved applause for the main protagonists of the film A MARRIAGE after the screening at the Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště!

    Great memories of One World Film Festival!

    European premiere

    We're excited that the European premiere of our film A Marriage will take place at One World Film Festival 2021!

    Hot Docs festival 2021!

    We're thrilled that the world premiere of our film A Marriage will take place at Hot Docs festival 2021!

    Interview

    Interview with the director and producer Kateřina Hager.

    Magazine feature

    Our film and protagonists Zdenka and Tabish in Variety magazine!

  • Team

    Kateřina Hager

    Director & Producer

    Katerina is a documentary filmmaker and producer.

    She graduated with a masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from Charles University in Prague and received her formal film training at Prague Film School. In 2012 Katerina founded Bohemian Productions, a production company realizing documentary films and other audiovisual work aimed at the international TV and film market.

    Her work includes the feature documentary films A MARRIAGE (2021), CHILDREN ONLINE (2017), CHILDREN OF FLAMENCO (2013) and several short films. Her documentaries have been screened at many prestigious film festivals and broadcast on Czech and international TV channels.

    Asad Faruqi

    Co-Director, Producer & DOP

    Asad Faruqi is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer and filmmaker. Over the years he has worked extensively in fiction/non-fiction film and commercials and has shot a number of award-winning films that include 2016’s Academy Award winnier “A Girl In the River: The Price of Forgiveness” and 2011’s Academy and Emmy Award winner, “Saving Face.” Some other notable works include Emmy and Alfred I Dupont Award winning, “Pakistan’s Taliban Generation,” “Song of Lahore,” “Peacekeepers: A Journey of a Thousand Miles,” to name a few.
    Asad’s work has featured on HBO, The New York Times, PBS, Channel 4, TIME, The Atlantic, CBC, SBS, Arte among others.

    Šárka Sklenářová

    Editor

    Šárka is one of the most sought after Czech editors. After completing her studies at FAMU (Prague’s Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts) and Saint Denis in Paris, she started her career as an assistant editor on films by Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist), Terry Gilliam (Brothers Grimm) and Andrzej Bartkowiak (Doom) and since then has worked on many documentaries and feature films. She cooperates with several well-known Czech directors and edits only those projects that have a social purpose.

    Jakub Šimůnek

    DOP

    Petra Zelinková

    Production Manager

    Ivan Horák

    Sound

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