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Alik Sakharov, ASC (Russian: Aлик Сахаров) (born May 17, 1959) is a Soviet-born American cinematographer and television and film director. Alik Sakharov was born in Tashkent, former USSR. At the age of eight his family relocated to Moscow, where Sakharov lived until 1981. He moved to the United States in 1981, settling in the New York City area. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1988. In 1985 Sakharov entered the U.S. film scene as director of The Russian Touch - a topical documentary about the Russian people comprising the third wave of immigration to the United States. In 1992 he directed a silent short film Pausa - a visual meditation dedicated to the memory of the great poet of cinema Andrei Tarkovsky. Sakharov began sharing the responsibilities of a lighting cameraman in 1985 in the New York industrial video scene, eventually progressing to shooting music videos, commercials, narrative films.