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synopsis: The lead character of the movie is modern day heroine, a girl aged 18 not yet ready to carry a burden of responsibility. A typical subculture representative, Jane can’t boast certain talents living the ordinary life of a provincial girl entering adulthood: she likes dancing, meeting guys, she teaches her female friends how to kiss. She is no different from a thousand other girls either in terms of code of behavior, or style of speech, or desire to be loved. Except for one thing: in reality she is a boy. ref https://vimeo.com/ondemand/38785


QFest 2014: The 18th Annual Houston International GLBT-Q Film Festival - Come On, Scumbags

Reviews of the movie from Houston

Dear Madina,
It appears I never responded to your email. My apologies.
Your film was very well received by our audience! As one viewer said (and I remember this well because I agreed), he genuinely admired your style of storytelling, especially appreciating that it felt like learning a new visual language.
For some members of the trans community, they had trouble with Zhenya's depiction of her trans identity, but others where quick to argue that it was necessary to not judge her through Western eyes. Others were fascinated by Zhenya's general acceptance by most of her friends, who appear to be mostly straight.
Lots of discussion followed the screening, as your film provoked many audience members to reevaluate their western views when it came to considering LGBT issues in other parts of the world.
I do hope you will continue to remain in touch and let me know of any new work you are creating. I'd be very interested in knowing what you are up to.
All the best,


Documentary about a transgender woman opens in Russia’s ArtDocFest "Eshchyo Chutok, Mrazi" ("Come On, Scumbags"), about an 18-year-old transgender woman in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, will screen in Moscow at ArtDocFest, the largest documentary film festival in Russia.

"Come On, Scumbags" is the second film by young documentary filmmaker and Karaganda native Madina Mustafina, whose first film, "Milana," offered an intensely intimate look at the life of a homeless family on the streets; its success made her a star overnight, receiving top honors at ArtDocFest in 2011.

Mustafina is praised as a natural filmmaker with an innate gift for capturing the stark reality of her subject matter, with an unflinching gaze and an eye for detail. "Come On, Scumbags," her sophomore effort, has already received a lot of attention because of her choice of protagonist, an enigmatic sassy teenager with long blond hair and captivating eyes named Zhenya—who happens to be trans.

"You never know what Zhenya is really thinking," Mustafina told
the Moscow News about her star, who captivates audiences and boyfriends alike with her sassy lines that disguise an emotionally withholding nature.

Onscreen, Zhenya parties hard, reveling an exhibitionist streak as she dances with wild abandon, leaving boyfriends entranced and viewers wanting more.

"Falling in love with me is the biggest mistake of your life," Zhenya says playfully, as she kisses a boy who’s clearly smitten.

The film’s title comes from a scene in the film in which Zhenya jokingly asks her friends for help in order to get the gender confirmation surgeries she cannot afford. Having received financial help from her mother to get a breast augmentation, she lacks the funds necessary in order to complete her procedure—a common frustration in the transgender community that is systematically denied needed medical treatments.

While the conversation around LGBT representation in Russia has long been dominated by the political and social implications of homophobic legislation passed by the Putin administration, the film offers a different lens through which to view the LGBT community; the film is first and foremost about the people and their struggle, the politics remain secondary.

For those audiences whose first encounter with a transgender woman will be Zhenya, the drama of the documentary will revolve around her gender identity—but the film offers so much more for open-minded audiences. "Come on, Scumbags" is an intensely personal depiction of a complicated, tempestuous teen dealing with intimacy issues, lust, and the language of the body.

For Mustafina, who spent nine months following her around, Zhenya "is, by nature, a star."

429 Magazine



Dear Madina
I really loved your documentary about Zhenya. I've seen the film yesterday at the opening of the Transcreen filmfestival in Amsterdam. We were about thirty or more, I don't know, and warmly applauded afterwards. I think in the movie you showed us the friendship and affection towards Zhenya, something we could feel as well. Thank you for making it and showing it.
I have some questions. I hope you will be able to respond to them. I write for an online magazine about gender diversity (www.continuum.nl) and I'd like to write something there about the film festival Transcreen.
I understood that in the end Zhenya wasn't really supporting the film anymore. According to Paul ter Veld, one of the organizers, and the one who read your statement, you don't really know why. Do you still not know why?
Does that stop you from promoting the documentary to other festivals or change your attitude towards spreading the screening?
How would you describe the situation towards transgender people in Kazakhstan?
Why did you make this movie?
What was your goal making it?
Where does the title refer to (come on, scumbags)?
Do you have plans in the same direction (trans, or lbgt-movies)? Or, what is your next project?
Thanks again,
All the best, Ton

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