In 2010 alone, 248 newborns were abandoned in Moscow maternity hospitals by mothers from Kyrgyzstan. When he read this statistic in the press, Dvortsevoy began to wonder about what could possibly drive these Kyrgyz mothers to abandon their babies in a foreign country, leaving their fate up to chance. A somewhat "unnatural" act for these women, who come from a culture that is very much built around family ties.
From this thinking, Ayka was born. The film portrays the harsh reality of a destitute woman who has just given birth to a child she cannot afford to keep. Beyond the ethical issues addressed in the film, Ayka speaks to each and every one of us, about "what happens when relationships between people and their environment break down, to the point that the individual themselves becomes morally damaged", the filmmaker explains.