original Karakalpak version with English subtitles
A desert landscape, as if from another planet. A few lonely, rusty shipwrecks. Low desert scrub grows around them to hold the sand together during the merciless storms. Aralkum, the Aral Desert, is the bare seabed, the last thing left of the Aral Sea.
By weaving together different cinematic textures, the short film ARALKUM re-imagines the dried-up Aral Sea, allowing an old fisherman to set sail one last time.
'The shortfilm prize goes to a film that opens a door on a landscape swept by human excess.
A poetic, political and aesthetic work where words and archives give birth to a sensorial experience on disappearance, loss, memory, oblivion, absence.
An unexpected and masterful cinematographic gesture that questions our humanity.
[Jury Statement 53 VdR]
'A film that combines a unique mix of documentary and experimental form. A warning story about the uncontrolled range that a human intervention to the environmental balance can take. A new cinematic reality very well constructed by the authors, in an impressive movie. The Special Jury Award is bestowed to Aralkum.'
[Jury Statement DRAMA ISFF] among others:
Best Shortfilm – 53 VdR, Visions du Réel, Nyon
nominated for DocAlliance Award
qualified for Academy Awards Best Documentary Short
Jury Special Mention – 15 BELDOCS, Belgrade Documentary Festival, Serbia
25 VIDEOEX Zürich, Switzerland
21 DOKUFEST Prizren, Kosovo
35 Montenegro FF. Herceg Novi
Jury Special Award – 45 Drama ISFF, Greece
18 CAMDEN IFF, USA
20 TIRANA IFF, Albania
17 UNDERDOX, Germany
14 DMZ Documentary Festival, South Korea
17 SHORTS Mexico ISFF
20 DOCLISBOA, Portugal
15 IMAGINE SCIENCE New York, USA
29 ETIUDA&ANIMA Krakow, Poland
41 Uppsala SFF, Sweden
4 Saigon Experimental FF, Vietnam
63 Festival dei Populi, Italy
64 Zinebi Bilbao, Spain
45 Poitiers FF, France
41 Filmschoolfest Munich @ FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Germany
38 Interfilm Berlin, Germany
5 Frontera Sur Festival, Chile
03 Lima Alterna IFF, Peru
23 Izmir ISFF, Turkey
20 Bogoshorts, Colombia
20 London SFF, UK
- Director Daniel Asadi Faezi, Mila Zhluktenko
- Producer Fozil Yunusov
- Director of Photography Sadriddin Shakhabiddinov
- Sound Design Andrew Mottl
- Score Giovanni Berg