Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

What a Pest (Cholera)

Special Screening

Svetlana Chernikova / Short Documentary / Russian Federation / 2018 / 15 min / DCP
In Russian / 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.


Fisherman Sergei escapes from everyday life to the uninhabited shores of Onega to meet with the ghost of his deceased wife. There he reflects on his life and loss, taking some comfort in his beautifully Arcadian but solitary surroundings. Through his musings, we see his unguarded heartache as he is haunted by his past in this affecting film about love, grief and the painfully difficult acceptance of death.

About the Directors

Svetlana Chernikova graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Russia. Her interests include theatre, poetry, and literature. Based in Moscow, she travels all around the world in search of ancient songs, fairytales and cinema. She is currently working on a feature-length documentary called 'The Saint Cow'.


Svetlana Chernikova
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