Mom, I'm Alive!

Madina, the young daughter of a juvenile police officer Saule Iskakova falls in love with a troublemaker from the orphanage. This brings Saule to a conflict with her husband and daughter. But one day, they find out that Madina is diagnosted with cancer...

  • Aziz Zairov
    "Girl and the sea", "To be or not to be?"
  • Mukhamed Mamyrbekov
    "Girl and the sea", "To be or not to be?"
  • Aziz Zairov
    "Girl and the sea", "To be or not to be?"
  • Mukhamed Mamyrbekov
    "Girl and the sea", "To be or not to be?"
  • Aziz Zairov
    "Girl and the sea", "To be or not to be?"
  • Adele Makhmutova
    Key Cast
  • Sultanna Shengel
    Key Cast
  • Aslanbi Medeulov
    Key Cast
  • Bakytzhan Orynbasar
    Key Cast
  • Key Nurpeis
    "Girl and the Sea" (2018)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Мама, я живая!
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    2 hours 8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2022
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  • Cannes 7th Art Awards
    October 15, 2022
    European Premiere
    Silk Road Award: Grand Prize-Feature film
  • Rainbow International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 3, 2023
    Premiere of England
    "Best Film for Humanity" award
  • 2nd International Buddhist Film Festival
    May 12, 2023
    Asian Premiere
    Grand Prix in the nomination "Best Film"
Director Biography - Aziz Zairov, Mukhamed Mamyrbekov

Aziz Zairov, born on August 20, 1968, in Almaty city (Kazakhstan).
From the age of 2 to 15 he spent his life in an orphanage.
He also has a 2nd group of disability.
Aziz graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T. Zhurgenov, film faculty,
specialty "Cinema and Teledramaturgy" Almaty city, Kazakhstan.
After graduating from the Academy, Aziz came to work at the Association of Parents of Disabled Children (ARDI), as a coordinator of creative workshops at the Center for Creative, Medical and Physical Rehabilitation of Children and Youth with Disabilities.

In 2011 he participated in the annual charity project "CINEMA AGAINST PAIN" 2011. The short feature film "WINTER BUTTERFLY" received the GRAND PRIX "BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT" The prize was presented by the legend of world cinema Alain Delon.

In 2014, in collaboration with Kazakh cinematographer Mukhamed Mamyrbekov, they shot a full-length feature social film "To be or not to be?"(2014), which became the 1st part of the trilogy "Endless Possibilities". Almost all the roles in the film were played by children with special needs, students of the Rehabilitation Center "ARDI". The main role is played by a young guy, Takhir Umarov, a disabled person of the 1st group, diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The film premiered in Almaty and Astana. For three weeks the film had a limited release at the "Arman" and "Caesar" Cinemas. The film is a participant and winner of international film festivals:
- International Euro Film Festival / Marbella Spain 2015 Best Photography, Director and Original screenplay Aziz Zairov, Mukhamed Mamyrbekov, Kairat Temirgaly. Almaty/Kazakhstan.
- SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival 2015/ EXCELLENCE AWARD. San Francisco. USA.
- Award For Their Outsanding Work in Film OPEN CENTRAL ASIA International Arts Festival With The Film TO BE OR NOT TO BE?. LONDON UK 2017

In 2017, by order of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with the support of the Kazakhfilm Film Studio and the Novy Mir Video Studio, a full-length feature film "The Girl and the Sea", the second part of the trilogy "Endless Opportunities", was shot. In this picture, most of the roles are also played by ARDI students, guys with special needs. Starring Dinara Sharipova. Due to cerebral palsy, her hands almost do not work and she does everything with her feet.

Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain:
Best Asian Film Award went to "Girl And The Sea" Directed By Azizzhan Zairov, Mukhamed Mamyrbekov from Kazakhstan (7 November 2019)

Since 2017 Aziz has been a Member of the Eurasian Creative Guild Eurasian Creative Guild

2019 - the film "The Girl and the Sea" was awarded: Festival "Eurasia" Astana,
Ufa, Bashkortostan IFF "Silver Akbuzat", 2 special awards:
- Prize for the best film in the official section "Panorama" at the Asian film festival (Spain).
- Prize for Best Actress at the Eurasian Creative Guild Film Festival as part of the Romford Film Festival (UK).
2020 - Award at the Cannes International Film Festival Winners - Nowember 2020 Silk Road Film Awards - Cannes. The film "The Girl and the Sea". Winner in the nomination "Best Social Film.
Actors with special needs were awarded special certificates of honor at the independent Cannes Film Festival.
2020 - The Cinemaking International Film festival started on December 24 and ended on the evening of December 26.
The film "The Girl and the Sea" won the nomination "Best Asian Film"
"According to the results of the Cinemaking International Film Festival, the film won the Best Asian Film nomination. According to the organizers, about 150 films from 50 countries participated in the film review.

In 2021 as General producer, scriptwriter and director in a creative tandem with Mukhamed Mamyrbekov they filmed the third part of the "Endless Possibilities" dilogy, the film "Mom, I'm Alive!". The Kazakh premiere took place in Almaty, December 1, 2022.

In october 15, 2022 "Mom, I'm alive!" World premiere in Cannes. At the Cannes Film Festival 7th Art Awards, the film won the highest award - Grand Prix of the Silk Roud countries.

At the moment, in parallel with film projects and social activities, Aziz is working on a book about the orphanage and orphanage residents. The title is "Starting Position or Confession of a Careless Orphanage". He plans to make a movie based on this book.

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Director Statement

The most important thing in this life is to always remain Human.