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‘Zai’ is a Russian term of endearment, roughly translating to ‘bun’.

In New York City, a young Russian mother and daughter prepare for a ballet recital. Through the variable and at times, gauche relationship between a young mother and daughter, we explore the prescriptive aesthetics of femininity and motherhood. It’s important to note that this film was shot a week before Russia invaded Ukraine and was not made with any political implications in mind.

Razzi Schlosser
Hi, I'm Razzi :) I'm writer and filmmaker based in New York City. You can find my writing in Document Journal where I examine cinema, fashion, and conceptual art in contemporary culture. With film, I love to explore the intersection of aesthetics and identity in nuanced interpersonal relationships. I'm currently working on writing a feature film about growing up in a remote ski town.

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