Convenience Store

by Michael Borodin


Mukhabbat, an Uzbek immigrant, works at a convenience store on the outskirts of Moscow. Just like the rest of the immigrants at the store, she is forced to work without getting paid and endure mental and physical abuse, until the day she overcomes her fear and takes her fate into her own hands.

Based on true events and active legal cases of immigrants in Russia, CONVENIENCE STORE captures the terrible aspects of modern slavery in a visceral blend of realism, documentary style elements and grand scale cinema.

“A bold based-on-real-life debut feature” Screendaily

“A highlight of the 2022 Berlinale Film Festival’s Panorama program” Variety

“Uzbek director Michael Borodin’s brutally bleak and hopeless first feature about modern slavery in Russia showcases him as a master of his craft” Cineuropa


2022 – Russia, Slovenia, Turkey
106 mins

Directed by: Michael Borodin
Written by:Michael Borodin
Cinematography by: Ekaterina Smolina
Edited by: Alexandra Putsyato (with the participation of Ekaterina Truba)
Cast: Zukhara Sanzysbay, Lyudmila Vasilyeva, Tolibzhon Suleimanov, Asel Tyutyubaeva
Producers: Artem Vasilyev
Produced by: METRAFILMS

Co-Producers: Aleš Pavlin, Andrej Štritof, Diloy Gülün
Co-Produced by: Perfo Production, Karma Films


Berlin IFF, Panorama (World Premiere) |
– CICAE Award

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