Eat Your Catfish

Years with ALS have left Kathryn paralyzed and needing 24-hour care. With her mind intact and having opted for mechanical breathing, she could live like this indefinitely. But the situation has embittered and alienated her husband Said, and proved too much for many nurses and aides.

Her grown son Noah, who lives with Kathryn and Said in their New York City apartment, struggles to balance his academic obligations with those he feels to his mother. The disease has also been a destructive force complicating relations between everyone in her family. Kathryn often falls into despair, but she has been holding on to see her daughter’s wedding day.

This project draws on 930 hours of footage – all filmed without any crew present from a fixed camera from Kathyn’s point of view. The result is a profoundly intimate, layered and wryly funny portrait of a family at its breaking point.



Country of Production
United States, Spain, Turkey

Year of Production


74 min

Adam Isenberg, Noah Amir Arjomand, Senem Tüzen

Zela Film

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2021
DocPoint Helsinki 2022
Santa Barbara IFF 2022
Full Frame IDF 2022
Istanbul IFF 2022 (Best Documentary in the National Doc Competition)
Taiwan IDF 2022
Millenium Docs Against Gravity 2022
One World Romania 2022
DocAviv 2022
Biografilm 2022
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2022
Heartland IFF 2022
Antenna IDF 2022 (Main Award for Best Feature Documentary)
Screening Rights Film Festival 2022
Rendezvous With Madness FF 2022
Leeds IFF 2022
Central Scotland Documentary Festival 2022
Kasseler Dokfest 2022
Budapest IDF 2023