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Eat Your Catfish

Producers Noah Arjomand, Adam Isenberg, Senem Tüzen


Kathryn’s ALS has left her paralyzed and her family’s relations in tatters, but she holds on to see her daughter’s wedding. Drawn from more than 900 hours of intimate footage shot from Kathryn’s point of view, this film probes the breakdown both of a family’s bonds and of a woman’s will to live.

About The Team

Senem Tüzen (Co-Director & Co-Producer) was born in Ankara and has a degree in Film & Television from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. Her debut film Motherland (2015), which she also wrote, plumbed the depths of a layered and dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship in an Anatolian village. It premiered at Venice Critics’ Week, earned two FIPRESCI prizes, and was named the year’s best film by the Turkish Film Critics’ Association, among other accolades.

Adam Isenberg (Co-Director & Co-Producer) is from California and lives in Barcelona. His debut documentary, A Life Without Words (2011), told the story of two Deaf siblings in rural Nicaragua denied access to a sign-language community. Like Eat Your Catfish, it explored complex family dynamics, limits of communication, and questions of belonging. It earned the 2012 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award and was named Best Documentary at Cinelatino in Toulouse, among other accolades.

Noah Arjomand (Co-Director & Co-Producer) is an Iranian-American sociologist at Indiana University with degrees from Columbia and Princeton universities. Noah’s photography has been published in The Guardian (UK), Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and PBS Frontline. He is writing a book about news fixers.

Eat Your Catfish is a Cinereach grantee.