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Welcome to the USA

Country: USA, Language: English, 95 mins

  • Director: Assel Aushakimova
  • Writer: Assel Aushakimova
  • Producer: Assel Aushakimova

CGiii Comment

Approved for a Green Card to emigrate to the U.S., Aliya navigates her life in Kazakhstan as an independent, lesbian woman for the last time. Aliya has just won the lottery: the Green Card Lottery that will enable her to emigrate to the United States. In this wonderfully observed slice-of-life portrait of post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Aliya navigates keeping her aging mother company, an affair with a taken woman, her sister's unhappiness in a strict Muslim marriage, and the futility of living in a place with little opportunity to build the life you desire - all while trying to find a way to tell them she's leaving it behind.


trailer_Welcome_USA from Asel Aushakimova on Vimeo.

Cast & Characters

Dinara Alieva
Daniyar Beisov
Sultana Bektassova
Saltanat Nauruz as Aliya
Aida Zhetpissova