The Village of Heptyl

Kamila Daurenova, Director 

Sloan Grant(s) Received: 2019, Production Award, NYU 

Project Type: Short Film 

Genre: Science Fiction, Drama 

Field of Science: Chemistry, Engineering 

Stage: Pre-Production 


After every launch from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome, booster rockets and debris fall on the villages in its flightpath, breaking through roofs and burning through steppes. The villagers ride over on their horses and scavenge precious metals drenched in highly toxic rocket fuel. Having witnessed her father suffer through the health consequences of scavenging, a young girl tries to make the village change its ways, but financial desperation has a greater say.