AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

POLISH TITLE: NA DNIE MORZA

UPCOMING

Formerly known as the Aral Sea due to its vastness, it was the fourth largest lake in the world. It was filled with crystal clear water, abundant schools of fish. From the beginning of the 20th century, the lakeside town of Aralsk - a fishing port - started to grow there. The main industry of the city was fish processing. The city flourished. At that time, the Soviet planners decided to use the water of the only two rivers flowing into the sea. They built a network of irrigation canals to allow the cultivation of the desert, initially to grow cotton, then called "the white gold" - the main export product of the region. They did not have to wait long for results. The sea level began to decrease almost immediately. As a result, the water level dropped by a dozen or so metres and the shoreline receded from the town by about 100 km. The fishing industry is devastated, the city is suffering from unemployment, young people are leaving. The city is becoming depopulated... The film is a story about memory, the collective memory of the city and its people, whose lives have changed so much because of the absurd ideas of Soviet planners, politicians and engineers in distant Moscow.

GENRE:
documentary
COUNTRY:
Poland
YEAR:
DIRECTING:
Marcin Sauter
SCRIPT:
Marcin Sauter
DOP:
Marcin Sauter
EDITOR:
Agnieszka Glińska
PRODUCTION:
Studio Filmowe KRONIKA

Marcin Sauter »

born in 1971 in Bydgoszcz. He is a photographer and has worked on, among others, The Suburban Train (2005) by Maciej Cuske. He completed the documentary course at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. His documentary debut Behind the Fence (2005) was recognized at the 45th Krakow Film Festival (2005) and his next film The Travelling Cinema (2005) was awarded with the Silver Hobby Horse of Krakow and the Honorary Award of the Student Jury at the last year’s festival.