A dedicated teacher and an ordinary wife and grandmother Atyrkul combines householding and teaching in harsh conditions. 45 minutes of walk to school in -30°C, 2 feet high snow, and lack of a bridge to cross a river are not a reason to miss school for the inhabitants of the sequestered mountain village Chatkal in Kyrgyzstan.
She is a graduate from American University of Central Asia in Journalism and Mass Communications Department, who by serendipity ended up directing a short film. "Ad Astra" is Aisha's first endeavor in film making that she attempted in accordance with her thesis work requirements in order to graduate. She was born in a remote area of Kyrgyzstan in 1996 and faced most of the challenges that her film displays.