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The film poster of "Convenience Store."



Film Screening & Discussion. Convenience Store
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Please join us for the screening of Convenience Store (2022) and Zoom Q&A discussion with the film director Michael Borodin. Based on a real story about migrant labor in Moscow, the film casts non-professional actors in a psychedelic drama about modern-day slavery. Mukhabbat works in a typical convenience store on the outskirts of Moscow. Just like other workers in the store she does not get paid for her work and is not allowed to leave. Facing pain, loss and horrible compromises, she makes up her mind to put an end to this life when the owner of the store abducts her newborn son. The film premiered at the 2022 Berlinale festival and received public and critical acclaim drawing attention to the original case and the status of migrant workers from Central Asia in Russia. Convenience Store is the first movie of the Spring 2023 Harriman Film Series Peripheral Vision, which explores the anti-imperial gaze in contemporary Russian cinema. Screening and discussion moderated by Mark Lipovetsky and Tatiana Efremova.