Saodat Ismailova is one of the representatives of a new generation of artists from Central Asia who came of age in the post-Soviet era. Born in Uzbekistan in 1981, she has lived for nearly two decades in Italy and France. After graduating State Art Institute of Tashkent, she co directed “Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea” that won Best Documentary at the 2004 Turin Film Festival. In 2005 she was awarded DAAD – Artist in Residency program in Berlin where she developed the script of her debut award wining feature film “40 Days of Silence”, which was nominated for the best debut film in Berlin International Film Festival, 2014. She participated in Venice Biennale, 2013 as part of the Central Asian Pavilion with her video installation “Zukhra”. In 2020 she is running Laboratory from the Center for Contemporary Arts in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She is currently working on her second feature film “Barazgh“.