International Films

Convenience Store

Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, 2022, 106 min

Director:

Michael Borodin

Language & Subtitles:

Uzbek, Russian; subtitles in Hebrew and English

Writer:
Michael Borodin
Producer:
Artem Vasilyev
Cast:
Zukhara Sanzysbay, Lyudmila Vasilyeva, Tolibzhon Suleimanov, Nargiz Abdullaeva, Asel Tuytubaeva, Kamila Mukhlisova, Lyubov Korolkova, Daniyar Artykbaev, Zukhra Ashurova

Production:

Festivals:

Berlin (C.I.C.A.E. Award), Taipei

Screenings:

Fri. 3.12 | 14:30 | Cinematheque 4

Sat. 10.12 | 11:30 | Cinematheque 4

Deprived of ceremonious decorum, in a convenience store at the edge of Moscow, a modest wedding is held. The bride, an Uzbek migrant worker named Mukhabat, is pregnant, a pregnancy which will shake up her life and alter her destiny. For Mukhabat, the world begins and ends in that small convenience store, thousands of miles away from her homeland. She works non-stop in a crowded and dim supermarket, without fair pay and without the ability to escape. Mukhabat and the other migrant workers are subordinate to the domineering shop owner Jhanna and the corrupt Russian police. However, when Mukhabat is cornered, she embarks on a journey designed to regain her freedom and identity. The first feature film by Michael Borodin, who himself was a migrant worker in Russia in the past, offers a glimpse at the exploitation and the lack of justice and hope in contemporary Russia.

10.12.22 | Screening and Conversation with 'Kav Laoved' Organization