A MOM FOR JULIA

 

Julia is born in a Russian prison. The film follows the girl’s development from the first year of her life until after she turns six. Three women take it in turns to look after her. They all want the best for Julia, but they don’t always agree on what that actually means…

Anna’s daughter Julia is born in a Russian prison. Anna is allowed to keep her daughter until she turns three, then she has to give up the child and serve the rest of her prison sentence on her own. But who’s going to look after Julia now? Anna’s sister Lena initially refuses to help, so Julia is sent to live with a foster mother. It’s the start of a long journey for Julia. Natasha is a loving foster mother, but suddenly Lena wants to have the girl, claiming it would be better for Julia to live with her biological family. Julia now has three mothers. When Anna is eventually released from prison, Julia is six years old. She now lives with her biological mother but both Lena and Natasha are concerned about the child’s welfare because Anna has difficulty adjusting to everyday life and starts drinking again. All three women are very close to the child and each asks the same question: What will become of Julia? What’s best for the child? And although they all want to do what’s best for Julia, they don’t always agree on what that actually means… The film follows Julia and her mothers from the first year of Julia’s life until after she turns six.

Feature Documentary / Human Interest
Length
80’ HD
Film by Natalya Kadyrova
Production Ethnofund, 2019

Festivals and awards
Artdocfest, Russia 2019