Aral. Fishing in an Invisible Sea
Saodat Ismailova
Carlos Casas
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A documentary film about the three remaining generations of fishermen in the Aral Sea, and their waiting and everyday struggle to survive in one of the most barren places on the planet. Life after one of the biggest manmade disasters.


- Torino Film Festival - Best Documentary (2004)
- Filmmaker Film Festival Milano (2004)
- Rotterdam Film Festival IFFR (2005)
- DocumentaMadrid - Special Mention from Jury (2005)
- Visions du Réel (2005)
- One World Prague (2005)
- Fotografia Festival Rome (2005)
- Leipzig Film Festival (2005)
- Fabrica Cinema Festival (2006)

Biography of the director

Saodat Ismailova
Saodat Ismailova

Born in Uzbekistan, she is one of the representatives of a new generation of artists from Central Asia who came of age in the post-Soviet era and have established cosmopolitan artistic lives while remaining deeply engaged with their native region as a source of creative inspiration. Her debut feature film 40 Days of Silence, a poignant depiction of four generations of Tajik women living in the complete absence of men, was nominated for best debut film at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, and thereafter was screened at more than two dozen prestigious festivals around the world. Her video installation Zukhra was featured in the Central Asian Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and her documentary film Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea won Best Documentary at the 2004 Turin Film Festival. Saodat Ismailova resides in Tashkent and Paris, and is affiliated with Le Fresnoy, France’s National Studio of Contemporary Arts.

Carlos Casas
Carlos Casas

Filmmaker and artist whose work encompasses film, sound and the visual arts. His films have been screened and awarded at festivals around the world, including the Venice Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, the Mexico International Film Festival, FID Marseille, and others. His work has been exhibited and performed at international art institutions and galleries, including the Tate Modern, London, Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, CCCB Barcelona, GAM Torino, Bozar Bruxelles, just to name a few.


Karakalpak, Russian - Subtitles in spanish and english
Saodat Ismailova, Carlos Casas
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