• Director

    Rustam Khalikov

  • Country, Year, Length

    Uzbekistan, 2021, 12:01

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format

    4k Digital

  • Festival Year



Sergei starts his first day as a game warden with his dog Duke


Rustam Khalikov – Director
Rustam Khaliko – Writer
Rustam Khalikov – Producer
Sergey Arxipov – “Sergei”

Director Statement

With my film, I want to tell the viewer about dogs’ fidelity to man. It is the only animal on earth whose fidelity is unshakable. A long time ago, I read in a magazine an article from several stories about the return of pets after their death to their owners, to save them from death. I took these stories written from the witness’s words as a basis for my plot. Involuntarily, a second meaning appears in the film – the presence of a soul in animals and about the continuation of life after death.

Director Biography

Rustam Khalikov is a native of the city of Kagan, Bukhara region, Uzbekistan. In 2010 He graduated from the Tashkent Automobile Road Institute, specializing in automobile construction. Before training as a director, He worked as a manager at a family dairy farm. In 2020 He graduated from the State Institute of Arts and Culture of Uzbekistan, specializing in Film and Television Director. The film “Return” is his graduation work.