Swedish filmmaker presents film about Shusha [PHOTO] – AzerNews.Az | Episode Movies

By Laman Ismayilova

The Nizami Cinema Center has screened a documentary Legend of Kharibulbul produced by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Silkeberg, Azernews reports.

The film was shot on the initiative of the Azerbaijan Embassy in Sweden with the support of the Azerbaijan National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture.

At the presentation, film director Rahim Sadigbayli expressed his gratitude to the Azerbaijani army and the Commander-in-Chief, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for the victory in the 44-day Patriotic War.

Rahim Sadigbayli also spoke about the filming process involving the Swedish filmmaker who visited and took photos at Shusha, Fuzuli and Aghdam last year.

Last February, Stockholm hosted an exhibition organized at the initiative of Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Sweden, Norway and Finland, Zaur Ahmadov.

“In addition, we shot the film that was shown on the Swedish public broadcaster. I would like to express my gratitude to the organizations that supported the film and to the State Committee for Work with Diaspora of Azerbaijan, which organized our visit to Baku today,” he said.

Rufat Hasanov, head of the Department of Audiovisual and Interactive Media at the Ministry of Culture, spoke about films dedicated to the Patriotic War and Shusha.

He said that the ministry had implemented about 30 projects related to the Patriotic War.

“People’s Artist Vagif Mustafayev’s film recently won the Best Director award at the Korkut Ata Turkic World Film Festival in Bursa. The ministry also produces films together with the Baku Media Center and the Azerbaijani Public TV, which have attracted a lot of public interest. We can see the importance of the documentary that we’re going to watch today from the perspective of The Great Return,” Hasanov said.

“The importance of the film is also that it is not presented by an Azerbaijani director, but by a foreign cameraman. We will see our geniuses in the film through the eyes of a foreign citizen. So, to make a dedicated documentary in our cultural capital Shusha, Swedish photographer and documentary filmmaker Mikael Silkeberg, a member of Azerbaijani diaspora in Sweden, documentary filmmaker Rahim Sadigbayli shot a series about Shusha’s history, music and literary environment,” he added.

In his speech, Rufat Hasanov pointed out that many interviews with well-known cultural and artistic personalities were conducted during the shooting of the film.

The Second Secretary of the National Commission for UNESCO of Azerbaijan Emil Ahmadov congratulated the film crew and noted that the presentation of the documentary coincides with the date of the liberation of the city of Shusha (November 8).

He thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva for their contribution to the promotion of Azerbaijani culture, art and history.

“The designation of the city of Shusha as the cultural capital of Azerbaijan serves to promote the centuries-old rich culture, architecture and urban planning artistry of our people in the world. There is no doubt that proclaiming the year of Shusha in Azerbaijan is another historic decision serving the same goals,” he said.

Emil Ahmadov also praised Azerbaijan’s exceptional role in promoting UNESCO’s principles and values ​​over the past 30 years.

He stressed that Azerbaijan has become an important and reliable partner in ensuring world peace and security on all international platforms, as well as within the framework of UNESCO.

In his remarks, Emil Ahmadov referred to a number of projects implemented in Azerbaijan and abroad as part of the Shusha Year.

He drew attention to the book “Shusha – the historically and strategically important cultural capital of Azerbaijan” by Doctor of Political Sciences Professor Elchin Ahmadov. The book has been translated into English, French, Arabic, Bulgarian, Greek, Latvian and Tajik

During his speech, Mikael Silkeberg expressed his satisfaction at being in Azerbaijan, calling Shusha a cultural center connecting East and West and Baku the Paris of the East.

He thanked those who supported the making of the film and those who attended the screening.

After the speeches, the film was presented to the audience.

The film contains the opinions of outstanding scientists and cultural figures about Karabakh and Shusha, as well as video recordings of historical figures.

The film also focuses on Western scholars’ opinions on Eastern culture, Azerbaijani literature, music, mugham and nature.

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