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In collaboration with The European Azerbaijan Society, Pera Film will screen eight films exploring Azerbaijani cinematic history.
Perhaps it is little known, but the history of Azerbaijani cinema dates back to 1898 when the French entrepreneur, photographer and cameraman Alexandre Michon, who had been documenting oil fields in Baku since 1879, shot his first film, which was an actualité entitled The Oil Gush Fire in Bibiheybat. Following this, Azerbaijan’s film industry mirrored its political and economic context: pre-Soviet films focused on the lives of labourers, oil fields and revolution; during Soviet times, the country nationalised its cinema; after regaining independence in 1991 and especially since the creation of the Azerbaijan Film Commission in 2010, cinema is being granted more attention.
The screening programme includes one Soviet-era film (1945 classic The Cloth Peddler) but mainly concentrates on post-independence cinema during which more than 1,000 films have been made and which signals a new era in Azerbaijani cinema.
All films in Azeri with Turkish subtitles. Click here for the screening schedule.