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THE FISHERMAN’S DAUGHTER
DOCH RYBAKA

Director: ISMAIL SAFARALI
AZERBAJDJAN, RUSSIA
2020, 87'

Sarah is a fourteen years old girl who lives in a small fishing village on the Absheron peninsula at the seaside of the Caspian sea. Her father disappears whilst fishing and she refuses to believe in his death as his body has never been found. Sarah’s family and the inhabitants of the village insist on funeral though, even if it’s formal - the elders assert that the reason of all the hardships and miseries that strike the village one after another is because this fisherman is not buried. Sarah rebels and goes against the will of her family customs. It is as if nature itself riots together with her - the storm is coming, and Sarah goes into the raging sea in search of her father. 

Ismail Safarali was born in April 1978 in Baku, USSR. Educated at Baku School for Political Sciences (BA Diplomacy) and Duke University (Durham, NC) (MA Economics), Ismail had a successful career in banking before changing his trade for filmmaking in September 2013. Ismail graduated with honors in September 2015 with a Master’s degree in Filmmaking from the Moscow School of New Cinema (MSNC), laboratory of Dmitry Mamulia. Since 2014, Ismail shot and produced three short films. «The Fisherman’s Daughter» is his feature film debut. 

ScriptMaria Zelinskaya,
Ismail Safarali,
Rustam Mamedov
CameraShandor Berkeshi
MusicDenis Pekarev
ProducerAlexander Rodnyansky,
Sergey Melkumov,
Maria Ibrahimova
CastKhamail Gasanova,
Gunesh Mekhtizadeh,
Vusal Azizov,
Rasim Djafar,
Farid Aslanov,
Elnur Nadjafov,
Gurban Ismailov,
Makhir Dervish
ProductionNon-Stop Production,
Cinex
World salesWild Bunch,
wildbunch.eu

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