“Passion for the Aral Sea" Shown at the Radonezh Festival

A screen from the “Passion for the Aral Sea” picture. From stdv.ru
A screen from the “Passion for the Aral Sea” picture. From stdv.ru

November 25, “Passion for the Aral Sea”, a documentary made with the support grant from the Russian Geographical Society will be shown at the XXIII Radonezh Film and TV Festival.

Alexander Sveshnikov's film tells the story of the Aral Sea. Once it was the fourth largest inland lake in the world. But since the early 1960s, unreasonable economic activity drained the rivers that feed the Aral Sea. The sea began to die slowly. Today there is the Aralkum desert in its place, with its dunes, sand storms, flora and fauna.

Shot in the documentary and artistic genre, the picture shows the problem of the Aral Sea. Scientists (academician Igor Zonn, professors Alexander Semenov and Andrei Kostyanoy) speak about the disaster and their opinion is supported by local residents. The main character is shown traveling on the sea-lake and speaking the writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s words. Together with the author of the "Little Prince", the audience will try to answer the questions: what human existence means, why a person is born and dies, where God hides and where to look for the devil?

The Radonezh Festival is an event in the field of, spiritual and moral documentary films. It has been held since 1995. The festival involves Russian and foreign, state and independent film, television and radio companies, as well as individuals who create works on religious themes and films about the history and culture of this country.

Winners of the XXIII festival will be announced November 27.

Date: November 25, 10.00 a.m.

Place: Moscow, Vasilevskaya str., 13 p. 1, Central House of Cinematographers, small hall