in 2021, to be born female in much of the world means giving up your essential
rights as a human being. Maria Brendle's film is a cry to action and I hope not
only the Academy takes notice, but world leaders and decision makers. 51% of
the human population deserves better. I am honoured to join forces with Maria
and her team of artists to support this vital film' states Newman.
Kachuu' depicts the Kyrgyz tradition of bride-kidnapping, after which the film
is named. The synopsis reads, 'A young Kyrgyz woman is kidnapped and forced to
marry. A drama about the desire for freedom in the clutches of a tradition.'
the custom is prohibited by law in Kyrgyzstan it is still widespread in other
regions of the world under the guise of tradition. 'My aim was to depict its
usual course of events, but with a strong character who has the courage to
stand up for herself" explains Brendle.
Ray Newman, who gained acclaim as an actress in high-profile film and
television projects including Hulu's acclaimed miniseries, 'Dopesick', 'Little
Fires Everywhere', 2020, and leads in upcoming 'Time Traveler's Wife' for HBO,
and 'Grendel' for Netflix, is equally known for her work producing projects
with social impact at their core, including 'Skin' which won the Oscar® for
Best Live Action Short Film in 2019 and the feature film 'Skin' directed by Guy
Nattiv which premiered at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
award-winning Swiss director Maria Brendle graduated from Zurich University of
the Arts and the renowned Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich. She works with a focus on
women issues. Nadine Lüchinger & Flavio Gerber from the Swiss Company
Filmgerberei co-produced Ala Kachuu.
film has won over 40 awards worldwide and has already been shown at the Oscar®
qualifying festivals 11th BronzeLens Film Festival, 45th Cleveland
International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award for Best Short), 16th
HollyShorts Film Festival and the 38th Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival
(Marlyn Manson Award 1st prize).
Morisset, founder and managing director of sales agency Salaud Morisset (Skin,
The Letter Room) is spearheading the worldwide distribution of Ala Kachuu.
Salaud Morisset we see many, many films that tell important stories. Those that
stand out are the ones that simultaneously uplift and inspire the viewer. Alaa
Kachuu, with the powerful female characters at its centre, achieves just that
and we are immensely proud to be working with Maria Brendle to share the story
of Ala Kachuu with the world'.
On the awards side, Joshua Jason Public Relations is honored and thrilled to represent this fantastic film during the Oscar®Arace for live action short this year and happy to be championing this tremendously important story.