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 »

Photographer, cinematographer and film director. Born in 1971 in Bydgoszcz. A member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers, he has had several dozen individual exhibitions of photography. He teaches at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. He established the foundation The Bydgoszcz Newsreel. His adventure with the cinema started in 1997 when he cooperated with Maciej Cuske on the feature film "What Do You Think About It, Gałuszko?". Then, he continued with such documentaries as "The Travelling Cinema" (2005), "North From Calabria" (2009) and "Hakawati" (2011).