- The Union of Cinematographers of Armenia has issued a statement saying that Turkish authorities have banned the screening of the Armenian-Iranian film “Yeva” at the 13th International Filmmor Women's Film Festival on Wheels. It’s believed that the decision was made after significant pressure on Turkey from Azerbaijan. .
Why does Azerbaijan disapprove of the movie?
- The movie was shot in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan is opposed to foreigners visiting Nagorno-Karabakh without permission from the government in Baku. Doing so is considered a criminal offense.
- According to Ahval News, Melek Özman from Filmmor told the independent Turkish press agency Bianet that the Consulate of Azerbaijan first sent an official letter to the French Institute, the venue of the Festival, and asked them to cancel the screening. Finally, the Turkish authorities have issued a written decree prohibiting the screening of the film.
- The website adds that the Azerbaijani government claims that the film creates "a perception that Nagorno Karabakh is an Armenian territory."
What is “Yeva” about?
- “Yeva” is an Armenia-Iran joint film directed by the Armenian-Iranian director Anahid Abad.
- The film takes place in post-war Nagorno-Karabakh. It's a dramatic story about a woman who wants to forget the tragic events that happened during her life. Yeva decides to leave Yerevan, Armenia and goes to Karabakh to stay at a friend’s house. However, the past persists everywhere.
- The film’s scriptwriter is Anahit Abad, the operator is Hasan Karim, composer is Vahan Artsruni, and the producer, Taghi Ali Gholizadeeh.
- Casting: Narine Grigoryan, Shant Hovhannisyan, Marjan Avetisyan, Rosy Avetisova, Sergei Tovmasyan, Vrezh Kassouni, Tigran Davtyan, Naran Petrosyan, Evelina Adamyan, Marat Davtyan and others.
What the statement says?
- According to the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia, Turkish and Azerbaijani authorities interfered brutally in the affairs of the Filmmor Women’s Film Festival.
- “They applied measures to restrict censorship and freedom of art in the world of cinema (...) It is disappointing that the Turkish authorities, both with Azerbaijan do not realize that cultural cooperation is a part of the world’s ruling system of values nowadays,” said the statement, adding that the decision to ban the screening puts the two countries out of the world’s cultural map.
- “Azerbaijan continues pursuing a policy, hindering any phenomenon that has any connection with the Republic of Artsakh, failing to understand that this policy is doomed to failure and the Republic of Artsakh is free to pursue its policy, including cultural ones,” continues the statement.
- “It is inadmissible and incomprehensible for Armenian cinematographers and the public, as many Armenian and international film festivals have featured both Azerbaijani and Turkish films,” added Union of Cinematographers of Armenia.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced on March 19 that he is resigning, thereby bringing a close to his almost three decade-long rule over the Central Asian nation.
Nazarbayev made the shock announcement in a televised statement to the nation. He also said that the speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will take over as head of state until presidential elections take place.
“Tokayev is the very person that we can trust to rule Kazakhstan,” he said.
Ahead of an upcoming meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group has issued a statement calling on both sides to “refrain from statements and actions suggesting significant changes to the situation on the ground.” The Minsk Group Co-Chairs from Russia, France, and the U.S. are working with the two foreign ministers on the preparations for a meeting between Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Emil Sanamyan, a Washington-based reporter and a specialist on Karabakh, talks to CivilNet’s Karen Harutyunyan.
The Iran-Armenia gas agreement currently in force is, in fact, the second such agreement between the two countries concluded after Armenia’s independence. The first one was never implemented because it was too unbalanced in favor of Iran, due to prevailing circumstances. The philosophy of the current agreement, “electricity-for-gas”, is a balanced concept that can be expanded. It requires Armenia to build high performing power plants, so that the conversion of Iranian gas into electricity – part of which will be exported to Iran in order to pay for the gas – is worth it. But Armenia’s gas demand is limited. Most importantly, Armenia should emphasize developing renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind. These are clean energies and independent sources.