MARA


documentary essay, 61 min, 2022
world premiere International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

It’s 2020 and Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, is overflowing with anti-government protests.
A dreamy figure – Mara – takes us on a journey alongside the protesting crowds. Mara’s symbolic presence is a stark contrast to the harsh reality of the street. There is a determination to Mara, but also a fragility – as if her persona reflects the collective mental state of the protesters witnessing their dream for freedom turn into a nightmare 

film by Sasha Kulak
featuring Rai Man O To
narration voiceover Serisu
costume designer Dymna Vyderka
music Pavel Bocharov
sound editing and re-recording mix Paata Godziashvili, Nika Paniashvili
producer Louis Beaudemont, Ksenia Gorenstein
poster artwork by Rufina Bazlova, Maria Smirnova

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A HAWK AS BIG AS A HORSE



documentary fairytale, 75 min, 2021
France, Russia

A Hawk as Big as a Horse follows the life of Lydia, a bi-gender Russian ornithologist – a scientist who studies birds – with a remarkable life and an even more remarkable dream.

directed by Sasha Kulak
cinematography Sasha Kulak, Maryana Drogoveyko, Yakov Mironchev
music Yakov Mironchev
script doctor Olga Polevikova
producer Louis Beaudemont
3D artist Elizaveta Federmesser 

Les Steppes Productions, 2021
With the support of Sundance Institute and in association with ARTE France - LA LUCARNE

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ON RUNNING - Dedicated To The Run



director Clayton Vomero
dp Sasha Kulak
production SOMESUCH
producer Tom Birmingham
Production manager Jack Filtness
runners Chris Thompson, Eleanor Dunlop, Modupe Shokunb, Siu Hei Chung, Owen Ebodor
ON RUNNING, 2021

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As you name the boat so shall it float / 2021


Series of photographs on local Armenian names and the people who bear them. A subtle interaction with people’s ordinary lives, while still allowing space to tell made-up imaginative tales. Everyday objects were used to decorate and style each shot. Each name served as an ice-breaker, and as a departure point for the creative process. The resulting photographs are not accurate representations of the names’ existing meanings but the journey which was embarked on to create new definitions.
 
Images: Sasha Kulak
Text: Suzanna Spertsyan

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