A Marriage

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Czech Republic
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Love & Relationships
Middle Eastern Cultures & Issues
Russian & Eastern European Culture & Issues
Asian Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Katerina Hager
Co-Director(s):Asad Faruqi
Producer(s):Katerina Hager
Alena Müllerová
Executive Producer(s):Katerina Hager
Writer(s):Katerina Hager
Editor(s):Šárka Sklenárová
Cinematography:Asad Faruqi
Jakub Šimunek
Aleš Hart
Nadir Siddiqui
Sound:Ivan Horák


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? Myrocia Watamaniuk

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