Scene from the film Aralkum
Scene from the film Aralkum
Scene from the film Aralkum
Scene from the film Aralkum
Scene from the film Aralkum
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  • Uzbekistan
  • Germany
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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.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Sadriddin Shakhabiddinov
  • Editing
    Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi
  • Music
    Giovanni Berg
  • Sound
    Fazliddin Musurmonov
  • Duration
    14 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Uzbekistan
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • BELDOCS International Documentary Festival
    • Visions du Réel
    • Ji.hlava Documentary Festival, Czech Republic
    • DOKUFEST Prizren, Kosovo
    • DOCLISBOA, Portugal
    • ZAGREBDOX, Croatia
  • Awards
    • Best Short film | Visions du Réel
    • Jury Special Award | DRAMA ISFF, Greece
    • Best Documentary Film | Int. Shortfilmfestival Cyprus
    • Jury Special Mention | Imagine Science Festival New York, USA
    • Jury Special Mention Best Shortfilm | GoEast Filmfestival, Germany
    • GAIA MAIN AWARD | BOZCAADA Int. Festival of Ecological Documentary, Turkey is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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