Welcome to the USA

Aliya is a 36-year-old Kazakh lesbian woman. For the first time in her life, she tries to play the Green Card Lottery and wins, so she can move to the United States and leave Kazakhstan forever. However, she cannot decide whether to go or stay. On the one hand, Aliya is tired of the stagnation, corruption, dictatorship of the Kazakh society, she wants changes in her life. But on the other hand, she is afraid of leaving her old and sick mother as well as her stuck in a toxic marriage sister.

“Welcome to the USA” is an extraordinarily honest directional debut of Assel Aushakimova that gained wide recognition all over the world.

NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival 2020 – Best International Narrative Feature
Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival 2020 – Best Film nomination

directed/written:


Assel Aushakimova

cast:


Dinara Alieva, Daniyar Beisov, Sultana Bektassova, Kul-Sara, Saltanat Nauruz, Aida Zhetpissova

cinematography:


Sardar Baymoldin

production:


Kazakhstan 2019

running time:


95 minutes

English/Polish subtitles

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