Michael BORODIN Russia, Slovenia, Turkey 106 mins NC16 (Violence) Southeast Asian Premiere
An undocumented migrant mother suffers violence and abuse working in a Russian convenience store in this harrowing expose of modern-day slavery.
Behind the unassuming facade of a convenience store in Moscow, a makeshift family of undocumented migrants endures violent abuse, all while being underpaid and forced to work long hours. Mukhabbat, a young mother from Uzbekistan, manages to escape her oppressor and returns to her hometown, but the injustices of life keep catching up with her.
A visceral drama peppered with unsettling fantastical sequences and based on real-life events, Convenience Store is an urgent expose of modern slavery and the complicity of state authorities as they turn a blind eye to the migrants’ predicament. Ultimately, it reveals the bleak reality faced by the most vulnerable, entrapped in a cycle of violence and exploitation.
Michael BORODIN is an Uzbekistan-born filmmaker whose works depict disenfranchisement in the pursuit of opportunity. His short films include Normal (2018), which was screened at Cannes Critics’ Week, and Registration (2019). Convenience Store, his feature debut, premiered in the Panorama section at the Berlinale where it picked up the Arthouse Cinema Award.