The Real American
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    The Real American

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    USA, Belarus, Russia


    12 min

    • English


    Russian exchange student Alya struggles to fit in with American culture at her 17th birthday party.


    Tamara Sevunts
    Gerard Assante
    James Crichton
    Guy V. Cimbalo
    Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
    Darya Zhuk
    Jessica Bennett
    Niv Klainer
    Nicholas Britell
    Darya Zhuk

    Darya Zhuk


    In my recent films, I've been trying to capture this certain female ‘cool’ that I can bottle up and spill all over the screen. Something I haven't seen enough on screen growing up. I want to see bold but flawed women take more risks on screen and behind the camera.

    Belarus-born award-winning film director Darya Zhuk has been obsessing over filmmaking long enough to see her short films selected at SXSW, Tarkovsky, Oaxaca, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Koroche, Santa Fe Independent film festivals, to name a few. She is a graduate of Columbia University MFA program in Directing. Darya lives and creates between Minsk and Brooklyn. In 2015, she won the best female writer/director award from New York Women in Film and Television for her short film THE REAL AMERICAN. Her feature debut CRYSTAL SWAN screened in the East of the West Competition at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018 and won the Grand Prix at the Odesa International Film Festival.

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