COTTON 100% (Germany/Uzbekistan, 2022, 68′)

XXX X ottobre, ore XX.XX, Cinema Massimo, Sala X

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Director: Mikhail Borodin
Screenplay, photography: Timur Karpov, Mikhail Borodin
Starring: Mukhabbat Madrimova, Yelena Urlaeva
Production: 139 Documentary Center, Einbahnstrasse Productions

Uzbekistan’s cotton industry gained a sad notoriety for the ecological havoc it caused, including the almost complete disappearance of the Aral Lake. Even the working conditions are problematic. Activist Yelena looks for the cotton pickers? help to bring the abuses that they are forced to endure everyday to light and ensure that their rights will finally be guaranteed. Mukhabbat is a farmer and activist in the International Labor Organization. Two strong and determined women facing the challenges of a society where forced labor is the norm.

Mikhail Borodin (Toytepa, Uzbekistan, 1987) shot his first movie at 18 years old. After graduating, he moved to Moscow to study film direction in 2010. He carried out various jobs before entering the school of cinema and pursuing his passion for the seventh art. In 2017 he created the short film Crimea Is Ours, a comedy about the Russian annexation of Crimea. In 2022 he debuted in the feature-film with Convenience Store, on the traffic of Uzbek women in Russia deceived and forced into prostitution. A director, screenwriter and producer, Borodin lives in Uzbekistan and Russia creating movies that deal with pressing social issues.

Filmography: Crimea Is Ours (sf, 2017), Normal (sf, 2018), Registration (sf, 2019), Convenience Store (2022), Cotton 100% (doc., 2022).