CICAE Award – Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival 2022
Mukhabbat, lives and toils in a typical convenience store on the outskirts of Moscow. Just like other illegal migrants in the store she does not get a single ruble for her work and is not allowed to take even a short break. Mukhabbat puts an end to this life when the owner of the store abducts her newborn son. Overcoming despair and fear, Mukhabbat wins back her freedom and saves the others. For that she has to leave Russia. Back at home, in Uzbekistan, Mukhabbat starts fighting to get her child back at any cost. But she has to face a lot of challenges along the way, dealing with pain, loss and horrible compromises.
Michael Borodin was born in Toytepa, a small town near Tashkent, in 1987. He made his first film at the age of eighteen. In 2010, after graduating from the university, he moved to Moscow to study filmmaking where at first he led the life of an illegal immigrant. He worked as a delivery guy and an odd-job worker, then had a chance to pursue his passion for movies by enrolling into the film school of Alexander Mitta. In 2017 Michael made a short fiction film on the annexation of Crimea. In 2018 his short Normal was a part of La Semaine de la Critique. Michael works and lives in Uzbekistan and Russia, making films on pressing social issues.
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