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by Gulshat Omarova


The story of 15-year-old street urchin Shiza, who scratches out a living by bare-knuckle fighting in an underground gang. When a man is accidentally killed in the ring, Shiza decides to return the dead man's money to his widow and young child, only to find himself falling for the unfortunate woman.

international title: The Recruiter
original title: Shiza
country: United States, France, Germany, Kazakhstan
sales agent: Intercinema Art Agency
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Gulshat Omarova
film run: 86'
screenplay: Sergei Bodrov, Gulshat Omarova
cast: Oldzhas Nusupbayev, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabizhev, Viktor Sukhorukov, Gulnara Jeralieva, Kanagat Nurtay
cinematography by: Khasan Kydyraliyev
film editing: Ivan Lebedev
producer: Sergei Azimov, Sergei Bodrov, Sergei Selyanov, Co-prod: Natacha Devillers, Alec Schulmann
production: Les Petites Lumières, Kinofabrika GmbH
distributor: Contact Film Cinematheek, Zootrope Films
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