Aleksandr Khan was born in 1985 in Khanty-Mansiysk. Allegedly, he has chosen the pseudonym by analogy with the name of his hometown, however, he has not confirmed this. He went to VGIK to study directing graduating in 2015. Khan’s debut feature ‘How Viktor “the Garlic” (2017) brought him critical acclaim and a Nika Award for best director. In 2020, he shot the Russian part of an international documentary about the Covid-19 pandemic.