Otter Films - in production - AYKA / MY LITTLE ONE
Director / Sergey Dvortsevoy

Status / completed
Genre / drama
Runtime / 100'
Country of production / Russia - Germany - Poland
Year of production / 2013
Original language / Russian
Otter Films as / coproducer

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Script: Sergiey Dvortsevoy and Gennady Ostrowski
Director: Sergiey Dvortsevoy
DoP: Jolanta Dylewska
Make-up: Tomasz Matraszek

Russian producer: Sergiey Dvortsevoy - KINODVOR

German coproducer: Karl Baumgarten - PALLAS FILM

Polish coproducer: Anna Wydra - OTTER FILMS



A young Kyrgyz girl - Ayka - lives and works illegally in Moscow. After giving birth to her son she leaves him in hospital. Some time later, however, her motherly yearning leads her to desperate attempts of finding the abandoned child. The director states: It began with a dry statistic. In 2010, 248 babies were given up by Kyrgyz mothers in Moscow's hospitals. What could be the reason behind Kyrgyz mothers voluntarily giving up their babies, abandoning them in a foreign country? What could be forcing them to commit such an act, unnatural for any woman? I realized I could not fail to make a film about this: a film about a Kyrgyz girl searching for the child she abandoned in a Moscow-based maternity ward. This film will be about all of us: about what happens when relations between people and their environment reach such an extreme that the individual begins to deteriorate morally, and life forces the individual to re-evaluate and to change, sometimes even against his or her will.



about the director


Born in Kazakhstan, Sergei Dvortsevoy worked as an aviation engineer before studying film in Moscow in the early 1990s.  His films immediately garnered international acclaim, receiving prizes and recognition at festivals around the world, including the nomination of Bread Day (1998) for the prestigious Joris Ivens Award at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.  The following year his work was presented at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, an institution dedicated to Flaherty's adherence to the goal of seeing and depicting the human condition.  Intimate and elegant, Dvortsevoy's documentaries are committed to observational filmmaking.  His subjects-people living in and around a Russia in transition-try in their individual ways to eke out an existence. With a keen eye for the poetry and mystery of everyday life, and without narration or other forms of external exposition, Dvortsevoy proposes: "observe together with me quietly and everything will happen" (Dvortsevoy).