character-driven documentary, 19 min, 2024 
Uzbekistan, Germany 

Mirtemir is growing up in Nukus, a dusty city caught between the desert and the dead Aral Sea. His mother has moved away to earn money in a neighboring country Kazakhstan, and Tima lives with his blind grandmother. He waits tables at a fast-food joint during the day and entertains people at a mobile karaoke by night.                                    
Days full of hard work and responsibility, too demanding even for an adult, are nonetheless full of joy and adolescent bliss.

scripted and filmed by Sasha Kulak and Michael Borodin
editor Katya Truba
sound Ilya Kanchurin
producer Julia Shaginurova, Einbahnstraße Productions and Michael Borodin, SESTRA Films