Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

The Return of Erkin

Special Screening

Maria Guskova / Short Narrative / Russian Federation / 2015 / 28 min / Colour / DCP
In Kyrgyz, Uzbek / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


Erkin is released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence. Clearly changed from the experience and finding no clear path back to his old way of life, he struggles to reintegrate into the community he once knew. Some people can't forgive Erkin for his crime, others are sympathetic towards his plight, and the rest are happy to forget him altogether. 'The Return of Erkin' is a poignant look at absolution and the vulnerability of society's outcasts.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Maria Guskova was born in 1982. She graduated from the Moscow State University's philological department in 2006. Then she began studying filmmaking in Sweden and later film-directing at the High Courses of Script-writing and Film-directing in Moscow, Russia. In September 2011, she took part in Tonino Guerra's workshop in Pennabilli, Italy, and in 2012 participated in Mark Travis' workshop 'Technique for Directing Actors'.


Maria Guskova
Maria Guskova
Dennis Guskov, Maria Guskova, Rinat Muslimov
Maria Guskova, Anna Arlanova
Dennis Guskov
Vyacheslav Nesmeyanov
Kahramonjon Mamasaliyev

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