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  • Tue 11 Jun
  • 100 minutes
  • Director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
  • Writer: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Gennadiy Ostrovskiy
  • Cast: Samal Yeslyamova, Zhipara Abdilaeva, Sergey Mazur
  • Russia/Germany/Poland/Kazakhstan/China (2018)



Sergey Dvortsevoy, Russia/Germany/Poland/Kazakhstan/China 2018, Russian/Kyrgyz + English subtitles, 100 mins, UK Premiere

Exploring the plight of young female Kyrgyz refugees in Moscow, Ayka centres on one young woman’s harrowing story, powerfully portrayed by Sergey Dvortsevoy with a standout performance by Samal Yesyamova in the role of Ayka. A story of struggle and survival in the face of extreme hardship and exploitation as an illegal migrant worker.

In competition: Cannes Film Festival 2018

Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival 2019

Aperture is dedicated to screening some of the boldest, most challenging and striking films from the Asian and Pacific regions, exploring issues around diversity and cultural identity, as well as the inherent links between and blurred boundaries within Asia and the Pacific. Aperture is the only festival in the UK to cover the whole of the Asian region and also to explore Oceania.

Presented by Day for Night in partnership with the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster