Amazing Azerbaijan

Amazing Azerbaijan

2012
1h 1min
Documentary
‘Amazing Azerbaijan!’ pulls back the curtain on the glittery facade that this oil-rich nation presented to the world when hosting Eurovision 2012, telling personal stories of human rights abuses to which Europe's leaders have turned a blind eye. It’s a tale of two countries: one a shiny democracy the government proudly puts on display for visiting journalists and dignitaries, the other a repressive and corrupt land where bloggers are arrested on trumped up charges, peaceful protesters are beaten and arrested, and journalists are blackmailed, locked up, and killed. This creative documentary combines a fast-paced tour Baku with perspective from Azeri exiles and activists, using a pop-sensibility and led by brave, engaging characters.

Age rating

Not rated

Director

Liz Mermin

Country

UK
‘Amazing Azerbaijan!’ pulls back the curtain on the glittery facade that this oil-rich nation presented to the world when hosting Eurovision 2012, telling personal stories of human rights abuses to which Europe's leaders have turned a blind eye. It’s a tale of two countries: one a shiny democracy the government proudly puts on display for visiting journalists and dignitaries, the other a repressive and corrupt land where bloggers are arrested on trumped up charges, peaceful protesters are beaten and arrested, and journalists are blackmailed, locked up, and killed. This creative documentary combines a fast-paced tour Baku with perspective from Azeri exiles and activists, using a pop-sensibility and led by brave, engaging characters.

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