An abused woman finds empowerment through a very unlikely and strange occurrence at a hair salon.

  • Kateryna Kurganska Gorbanov
  • Kateryna Kurganska Gorbanov
  • Don John
  • Cynthia Aldrich
    Key Cast
    "Abused Wife"
  • Erin Grant
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dark Comedy, Comedy, Empowering Women
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - USC School of Cinematic Arts
Director Biography - Kateryna Kurganska Gorbanov

Kateryna Kurganska Gorbanov is a Ukrainian refugee, a new American, and an aspiring film director & producer based in Los Angeles. She is currently getting her MFA degree at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Film and Television Production.

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Director Statement

"DOMINATE" Short Film. Director's Statement: Saying No is hard. People tend to worry about saying No because they don't want to hurt others’ feelings. One of my childhood friends was a victim of domestic abuse. It took Her years of disrespect for Herself until she finally said No and applied for a divorce… It left a scar on my heart.
Years and years after, in New York, I accidentally met a lady, who works as Dominatrix. My first crazy thought was, I can’t imagine my friend standing next to the Dominatrix lady. Why? Maybe I should? Most ironically, with a dark sense of humor, I wrote a provocative shift in perspective in five pages. In a What If World, where two so different and both amazing strong females empower each other, even if it’s something that small like saying No.