Directed by Kateřina Hager & Asad Faruqi, documentary, 74 min, eng subtitles, 16+
When Zdenka, a wheelchair-bound single woman living in the Czech Republic, started playing online games with strangers, she did not know it would change her life. Neither did Tabish, a computer scientist based a world away in Pakistan. Their friendship turned to romance, and after flying to Sri Lanka to meet in real life, the committed couple got married. Tabish started filling out Czech immigration applications and Zdenka eagerly awaited her husband's arrival. However, five years later, the two remain apart, forced to live their married life on Skype. Repeatedly, the Czech authorities have rejected Tabish’s visa requests. What are their reasons? Are they protecting Zdenka from what they consider a feigned marriage with an opportunistic young man from Pakistan seeking entry into the EU? Or is it simply a case of racism?
This is a heartfelt documentary about an endlessly cute couple wrestling tirelessly with faceless bureaucracy, and facing the geopolitical obstacles with invincible optimism.
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