In the film "Waiting for the Sea", the director connects the electronic and folk music scene of the country, as well as the fate of the drying up of the Aral Sea.
George Yitzhak was fascinated by the idea of the “Element” abstract electronic music festival, which was first held in September 2018 in the city of Muynak, Republic of Karakalpakstan. The city is known for its tragic fate: once located on the southern shore of the Aral Sea and famous for its fishing industry, Muynak is now tens of kilometers from the coast of the sea.
In August 2019, he traveled to Uzbekistan for the second release of Element, as well as to immerse himself in Uzbek culture and the capital's young electronic scene.
The documentary he created presents his personal vision of an Uzbek who has never lived in Uzbekistan, and his search for links between ancient traditions and the futuristic movement. At the same time, showing sensitivity and aesthetics, he destroys the stereotypes and clichés often used in the presentation of Uzbekistan, Karakalpakstan and the Aral Sea. The main goal of the director before the trip was to try to understand the visual language of the country, immerse himself in the atmosphere and show his own experience.
George Itzhak was born in Tashkent but grew up and lives in New York. He is a documentary and news producer on one of the best evening news shows in the United States, NBC Nightly News
The documentary "Waiting for the Sea" was nominated at world film festivals, and took pride of place in such a Long Story Shorts International Film Festival, Moscow shorts International Short Film Festival, Prague International Film Festival, Lebanese Independent Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, In the Palace International Short Film Festival, Lonely Wolf London International Film Festival, and Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival.
In the future, the producer plans to show this film in the UK and Germany, where there is a large community of creative people and filmmakers, to open a window to Central Asia.
Link to the documentary "Waiting for the sea: https://vimeo.com/403508520/0c1b0229ac