Girl Model

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UK release date: February 10th, 2012


Girl Model follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modelling industry. The story is told through the eyes of a scout and a 13 year-old model.

Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.


Marc'Aurelio Award for best documentary in the Extra Section & EnelCuore Prize, Rome Film Festival


Toronto IFF, Canada - World Premiere
Rome Film Festival, Italy - EU Premiere   
Festival do Rio, Brazil                     
Abu Dhabi Film Festival                                      
CPH: DOX, Denmark 
IDFA – Reflecting Images, Best of Fests & DOC U, Netherlands            
Tallin Black Nights Festival, Estonia
Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden       

Zagrebdox, Croatia                                   
SXSW Film Festival - US Premiere
Makedox Festival, Macedonia
Lemesos International Documentary Festival, Cyrpus
Ad Hoc Inconvenient Films, Lithuania
Viennale, Austria
Verzio, Human Rights Film Festival, Hungary

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