Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

Eat Your Catfish

While there are many documentaries devoted to exploring the lives of those with physical and mental ailments, few are able to fully immerse the viewer in the way of Eat Your Catfish, a remarkable documentary which follows several months in the life of ALS sufferer Kathryn, who is fully paralysed and can only communicate by moving her eyes to letters on a special keyboard. Filmmakers Noah Arjomand (who is Kathryn’s son), Adam Isenberg and Senem Tüzen have kept the set-up simple, mounting a camera to the back of Kathryn’s wheelchair in her New York apartment so that we see everything from her point of view; regular joys, frequent frustrations and the despair she feels at being trapped inside herself. — [T]he film gives Kathryn a platform to tell — and indeed show — her story, in her own unique way.

Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily

Eat Your Catfish is a documentary every bit as tough-minded as its title is unexpectedly playful. That, as it turns out, is not a disconnect when it comes to Kathryn Arjomand, a New York mother of two who has been living with the neurodegenerative condition for years, and handles it with a blend of frank anger, exhausted acceptance and offbeat humor. — [T]he filmmakers have given her full agency and expression in a portrait that never treats her as a victim or a martyr. — [T]hey have fashioned an unusually unsentimental, everyday document of ALS, tender in the expressly painful manner of a fresh bruise.

Guy Lodge, Variety

Language: English
Subtitles: English
Length: 74 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2021
Production Country: USA, Spain, Turkey

Director: Adam Isenberg, Noah Amir Arjomand, Senem Tüzen
Producer: Adam Isenberg, Noah Amir Arjomand, Senem Tüzen
Production Company: Zela Film
Screenplay: Adam Isenberg, Senem Tüzen
Editing: Adam Isenberg, Senem Tüzen
Cinematographer: Noah Amir Arjomand
Music: Daniel Whitworth
Sound Design: Adrian Lo