By Laman Ismayilova
The Nizami Cinema Center presented a documentary Legend of Kharibulbul produced by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Silkeberg, reports Azernews.
The film was shot on the initiative of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Sweden, with the support of the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture.
Speaking at the presentation, director Rahim Sadigbayli expressed his gratitude to the Azerbaijani military and Commander-in-Chief Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the victory in the 44-day Patriotic War.
Rahim Sadigbayli also spoke about the filming process which involved the Swedish filmmaker, who visited Shusha, Fuzuli and Aghdam last year and took photos.
Last February, Stockholm hosted an exhibition organized on the initiative of the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Sweden, Norway and Finland, Zaur Ahmadov.
“Furthermore, we made the film which was shown on the Swedish public broadcaster. I express my gratitude to the organizations that supported the film and to the Azerbaijan State Committee for Work with the Diaspora, which organized our visit to Baku today,” he said.
Rufat Hasanov, head of the audiovisual and interactive media department of the Ministry of Culture, spoke about the films dedicated to the Patriotic War and Shusha.
He said the ministry has implemented about 30 Patriotic War-themed projects.
“Popular artist Vagif Mustafayev’s film was recently awarded Best Director at the Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival in Bursa. The ministry also produces films in collaboration with the Baku Media Center and State Television Azerbaijani film, which aroused great interest from the public. We can see the significance of the documentary we are 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 cinematographer. We will see our geniuses in the film through the eyes of a foreign citizen. So, for make a documentary film dedicated to our cultural capital – the city of Shusha, Swedish photographer and documentary film expert Mikael Silkeberg, member of the Azerbaijani diaspora in Sweden, documentary film expert Rahim Sadigbayli filmed a series on history , music and literary environment of Shusha,” he added.
In his speech, Rufat Hasanov noted that many interviews were conducted with well-known cultural and artistic personalities during the filming process.
The second secretary of the Azerbaijani National Commission for UNESCO, Emil Ahmadov, congratulated the film crew, noting that the presentation of the documentary coincides with the date of the liberation of the city of Shusha (November 8).
He expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Azerbaijani First Vice-President, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva for their contribution to the promotion of culture, Azerbaijani art and history.
“Declaring the city of Shusha as the cultural capital of Azerbaijan serves to promote the rich centuries-old culture, architecture and art of urban planning of our people in the world. There is no doubt that declaring the Year of Shusha in Azerbaijan is another landmark decision that serves the same purposes,” he said.
Emil Ahmadov also praised the outstanding role of Azerbaijan in promoting the principles and values of UNESCO over the past 30 years.
He pointed out that Azerbaijan has become an important and reliable partner in ensuring global 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 within the framework of the Year of Shusha.
He drew attention to the book “Shusha – the historical and strategically important cultural capital of Azerbaijan” by Doctor of Political Science 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 to be in Azerbaijan and called Shusha a cultural center connecting East and West, and Baku the Paris of the East.
He expressed his gratitude to those who supported the making of the film and to those who attended the screening of the film.
After the speeches, the film was presented to the public.
The film includes the opinions of prominent scientists and cultural figures on Karabakh and Shusha, as well as video footage of historical figures.
The film also focuses on the opinion of Western scientists on Eastern culture, Azerbaijani literature, music, mugham and nature.
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