Timofey Lobov and Pyotr Dukhovskoi
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Timofey Lobov and Pyotr Dukhovskoi

The Bottomless Bag (Meshok Bez Dna)
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Timofey Lobov and Pyotr Dukhovskoi

The Bottomless Bag (Meshok Bez Dna)

Timofey Lobov graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography, VGIK, in 2011, under the tutelage of the late great cinematographer Vadim Yousov. He was…

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Lyu Songye
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Lyu Songye

Ghost in the Mountains (Kong Shan Yi Ke)
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Lyu Songye

Ghost in the Mountains (Kong Shan Yi Ke)

Known for his ‘obsession with light’, Lyu Songye was born and raised in Hulun Buir, China. He graduated from St Petersburg State University of Film…

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Mindia Esadze
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Mindia Esadze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Mindia Esadze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)

Mindia Esadze is a highly-regarded cinematographer whose body of work also includes 2017 APSA nominee, Dedé. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, he shot Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The…

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Shehnad Jalal
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Shehnad Jalal

Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee)
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Shehnad Jalal

Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee)

In 2005, Shehnad Jalal graduated from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, India, with a three-year Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography. He…

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Warwick Thornton and Dylan River
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Warwick Thornton and Dylan River

Sweet Country
Achievement in Cinematography, 2017

Warwick Thornton and Dylan River

Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton gained international recognition when his feature film debut Samson and Delilah (2009), which he wrote, directed and shot, won the Cannes Film Festival’s…

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Andrey Zvyagintsev
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Loveless (Nelyubov)
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Loveless (Nelyubov)

Andrey Zvyagintsev is one of Russia’s most internationally respected directors. His feature directorial debut was The Return (2003), a low-budget family drama that became an…

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Ana Urushadze
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Ana Urushadze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Ana Urushadze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)

Ana Urushadze hails from Georgia and was born in Tblisi in 1990 and graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU)…

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Kore-eda Hirokazu
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Kore-eda Hirokazu

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Kore-eda Hirokazu

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)

Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded auteurs. His directorial debut Maborosi (1995) won the 52nd Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Osella Prize. Subsequently,…

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Mouly Surya
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Mouly Surya

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak)
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Mouly Surya

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak)

Mouly Surya is a Jakarta-based filmmaker who is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. After earning her BA in Media and…

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Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Sexy Durga
Achievement in Directing, 2017

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Sexy Durga

Based in Kerala, India, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is a Zoology and Law graduate who moved into the world of independent cinema in 2001. He co-formed…

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Abbas Kiarostami
Artistic Acknowledgement, 2017

Abbas Kiarostami

24 Frames
Artistic Acknowledgement, 2017

Abbas Kiarostami

24 Frames

For his remarkable vision, the International Nomination Council commends Abbas Kiarostami with a special Artistic Acknowledgement, and the APSA Academy confers a posthumous Academy membership on…

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Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Rosie Ming is a young Canadian poet who lives at home with her over-protective Chinese immigrant grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. The…

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A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)

Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)

Based on the popular best-selling manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima, Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice begins at a Japanese elementary school where Shoya Ishida…

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Have a Nice Day (Da Shi Jie)
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

Have a Nice Day (Da Shi Jie)

Have a Nice Day (Hao ji le)
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

Have a Nice Day (Da Shi Jie)

Have a Nice Day (Hao ji le)

APSA-winning director Liu Jian directs this madcap black comedy set in the lower class underworld of a southern Chinese city. Xiao Zhang is a desperate…

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Saving Sally
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

Saving Sally

Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

Saving Sally

Made by five animators over a period of twelve years, Saving Sally is a story of unrequited love and monsters both real and metaphorical. Told through a…

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your name. (kimi no na wa.)
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

your name. (kimi no na wa.)

your name. (Kimi no na wa.)
Best Animated Feature Film, 2017

your name. (kimi no na wa.)

your name. (Kimi no na wa.)

Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives in different parts of Japan. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her quiet…

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Last Men in Aleppo
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

Last Men in Aleppo

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

Last Men in Aleppo

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo continue to live under siege. We experience the daily life, death and struggle…

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Alexander Behse, Annie Goldson
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

Alexander Behse, Annie Goldson

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

Alexander Behse, Annie Goldson

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web

The larger-than-life story of Kim Dotcom, the “most wanted man online”, is extraordinary enough, but the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment…

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A Yangtze Landscape (Changjiang)
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

A Yangtze Landscape (Changjiang)

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

A Yangtze Landscape (Changjiang)

Usingthe Yangtze river as a contemplative metaphor for contemporary China, this black and white journey sets off from the Port of Shanghai on a filmed…

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Taste of Cement
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

Taste of Cement

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

Taste of Cement

The Lebanese Civil War may be over but the Syrian one still rages on. In Beirut, Syrian refugees take jobs as construction workers, building skyscrapers…

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The Opposition
Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

The Opposition

Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017

The Opposition

Hollie Fifer’s debut film is a David-and-Goliath battle over a slice of Papua New Guinea paradise. Joe Moses, leader of the Paga Hill Settlement, struggles…

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Sweet Country
Best Feature Film, 2017

Sweet Country

Best Feature Film, 2017

Sweet Country

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in the uncompromising outback of the Northern Territory, Australia in 1929. When Aboriginal stockman…

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A Gentle Creature
Best Feature Film, 2017

A Gentle Creature

Best Feature Film, 2017

A Gentle Creature

A woman lives alone on the outskirts of her Russian village. One day she receives a returned care package that she had sent to her…

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A Man of Integrity
Best Feature Film, 2017

A Man of Integrity

Best Feature Film, 2017

A Man of Integrity

Reza and his family lead a simple life working on his goldfish farm in a northern Iranian village. Nearby, a private company with close links…

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Angels Wear White
Best Feature Film, 2017

Angels Wear White

Best Feature Film, 2017

Angels Wear White

In a small seaside town in southern China, a scandal breaks out when two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia,…

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Foxtrot
Best Feature Film, 2017

Foxtrot

Best Feature Film, 2017

Foxtrot

Is life the result of meaningless, chaotic chance, or is chance itself a sophisticated, well-calculated plan? Told through three acts, Foxtrot is the story of…

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Rajkummar Rao
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Rajkummar Rao

Newton
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Rajkummar Rao

Newton

Rajkummar Rao’s breakthrough role came in the 2013 Hindi drama film Kai Po Che directed by Abhishek Kapoor, which made its world premiere in the…

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Navid Mohammadzadeh
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Navid Mohammadzadeh

No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza)
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Navid Mohammadzadeh

No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza)

Actor Navid Mohammadzadeh is an acclaimed and prolific stage actor whose film credits include Rouhollah Hejazi’s Among the Clouds (2008) and Mohammad Shirvani’s Fat Shaker…

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Koji Yakusho
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Koji Yakusho

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Koji Yakusho

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)

Multi-award winning actor Koji Yakusho dominated film awards ceremonies in Japan in 1996 as lead actor in the films Shall We Dance?, Sleeping Man, and…

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Mohammad Bakri
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Mohammad Bakri

Wajib (Duty)
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Mohammad Bakri

Wajib (Duty)

Mohamed Bakri is a Palestinian actor and filmmaker. He studied acting and Arabic literature at the Tel Aviv University and went on to star in…

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Paolo Ballesteros
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Paolo Ballesteros

Die Beautiful
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Paolo Ballesteros

Die Beautiful

Paolo Ballesteros is a high-profile and much-loved actor, television host and comedian known for his impeccable impersonations and character portrayals. Since his breakthrough in the…

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Saleh Bakri
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Saleh Bakri

Wajib (Duty)
Best Performance by an Actor, 2017

Saleh Bakri

Wajib (Duty)

Saleh Bakri is a Palestinian actor. He is the son of Mohammed Bakri (also nominated in this category for the same film) and brother to…

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Nata Murvanidze
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Nata Murvanidze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Nata Murvanidze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)

The descendant of a prominent Georgian family of artists, thespians, and filmmakers, Nata Murvanidze began her career as an actress in the early 1990s. She…

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Cut Mini
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Cut Mini

Emma’ (Mother) (Athirah)
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Cut Mini

Emma’ (Mother) (Athirah)

Cut Mini is a highly-regarded actress from Jakarta, Indonesia, who began her career as a model in the late 1980s. Over the last two decades…

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Ecem Uzun
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Ecem Uzun

Clair Obscur (Tereddüt)
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Ecem Uzun

Clair Obscur (Tereddüt)

Young Turkish actress Ecem Uzun was born in Istanbul and has been acting since 2010. She has starred in teen drama television series Little Secrets,…

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Na Moon-hee
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Na Moon-hee

I Can Speak
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Na Moon-hee

I Can Speak

Korean actress Na Moon-hee is beloved, respected and acclaimed over her 56 year-long career. Her long list of accomplishments include feature films and television series,…

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Zhou Xun
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Zhou Xun

Our Time Will Come (Ming Yue Ji Shi You)
Best Performance by an Actress, 2017

Zhou Xun

Our Time Will Come (Ming Yue Ji Shi You)

Internationally acclaimed Chinese actress and singer, Zhou Xun, made her screen debut in Strange Tales Amongst Old and Desolute Tombs (1991), and had her breakout role in Lou…

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Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar
Best Screenplay, 2017

Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar

Newton
Best Screenplay, 2017

Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar

Newton

Mayank Tawari is a former reporter, Mumbai-based columnist and screenwriter. Newton is Maynak Tewari’s second feature as a screenwriter following his debut Ragini MMS in 2011. He is also an…

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Boris Khlebnikov and Natalia Meshchaninova
Best Screenplay, 2017

Boris Khlebnikov and Natalia Meshchaninova

Arrhythmia (Aritmiya)
Best Screenplay, 2017

Boris Khlebnikov and Natalia Meshchaninova

Arrhythmia (Aritmiya)

Writer and director Boris Khlebnikov made his feature screenwriting and directorial debut with the internationally successful Roads to Koktebel (2003), which won the Philip Morris…

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Dastan Zhapar Uulu and Bakyt Mukul
Best Screenplay, 2017

Dastan Zhapar Uulu and Bakyt Mukul

A Father’s Will (Atanyn Kereezi)
Best Screenplay, 2017

Dastan Zhapar Uulu and Bakyt Mukul

A Father’s Will (Atanyn Kereezi)

Dastan Zhapar Uulu graduated from Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts in the Theatre and Cinema Faculty in 2010 and that same year became a…

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David Tranter and Steven McGregor
Best Screenplay, 2017

David Tranter and Steven McGregor

Sweet Country
Best Screenplay, 2017

David Tranter and Steven McGregor

Sweet Country

David Tranter is Australia’s leading Aboriginal sound recordist, with a career spanning more than 20 years. For his work on Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah…

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Kore-eda Hirokazu
Best Screenplay, 2017

Kore-eda Hirokazu

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)
Best Screenplay, 2017

Kore-eda Hirokazu

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)

Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of Japan’s most highly regarded auteurs, a writer/director who also wrote for most his directorial works. His directorial debut Maborosi (1995)…

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The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala)
Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala)

The director-producer of APSA 2012 Best Children’s Feature Film award winner The Mirror Never Dies returns with The Seen and Unseen, an adventure into a remarkable visual world.…

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Big Big World (Koca Dünya)
Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

Big Big World (Koca Dünya)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

Big Big World (Koca Dünya)

Teenagers Ali and Zuhal grew up together in an orphanage with a bond as strong as siblings. When Ali moves out on account of his…

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Jasper Jones
Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

Jasper Jones

Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

Jasper Jones

Adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel of the same name, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish 14-year-old boy living in a small…

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The Skier (Ski-Baz)
Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

The Skier (Ski-Baz)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

The Skier (Ski-Baz)

A mountain goat that has taken shelter in a small village is to be sacrificed for the occasion of a traditional ceremony. However, a small…

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The Summer is Gone (Ba Yue)
Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

The Summer is Gone (Ba Yue)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2017

The Summer is Gone (Ba Yue)

It is the early 1990s in China and a western city boy named Xiao Lei has just graduated from primary school. Finally it is time…

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Mariam Khatchvani
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Mariam Khatchvani

Dede
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Mariam Khatchvani

Dede

Set in 1992 amid the remote Ushguli community of Georgia’s Svaneti province in the country’s northwest, Dede is the story of Dina, a young woman…

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Haobam Paban Kumar
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Haobam Paban Kumar

Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee)
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Haobam Paban Kumar

Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee)

In the North Indian state of Manipur, a depressed fisherman named Tomba comes across a gun. Tomba’s floating hamlet on the Loktak Lake has been…

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Aktan Arym Kubat
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Aktan Arym Kubat

Centaur
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Aktan Arym Kubat

Centaur

Aktan Arym Kubat’s sixth features follows Centaur, a quiet, small and modest man who lives a simple life in a small Kyrgyzstan village. He is…

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Dechen Roder
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Dechen Roder

Honeygiver Among the Dogs (Munmo Tashi Khyidron)
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Dechen Roder

Honeygiver Among the Dogs (Munmo Tashi Khyidron)

Detective Kinley is sent to a remote region of Bhutan to investigate the disappearance of a Buddhist nun. He goes undercover and enters a risky…

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Jun Robles Lana
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Jun Robles Lana

Die Beautiful
Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, 2017

Jun Robles Lana

Die Beautiful

Prolific Filipino director Jun Robles Lana’s Die Beautiful is the story of Trisha, a transgender woman who dies suddenly while on stage being crowned in…

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Aleksandr Yatsenko
Jury Grand Prize, 2017

Aleksandr Yatsenko

Arrhythmia (Aritmiya)
Jury Grand Prize, 2017

Aleksandr Yatsenko

Arrhythmia (Aritmiya)
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Ana Urushadze
Jury Grand Prize, 2017

Ana Urushadze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)
Jury Grand Prize, 2017

Ana Urushadze

Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda)

Ana Urushadze hails from Georgia and was born in Tblisi in 1990 and graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University (TAFU)…

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Ilgar Najaf
Young Cinema Award, 2017

Ilgar Najaf

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)
Young Cinema Award, 2017

Ilgar Najaf

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar Baği)

Pomegranate Orchard by Ilgar Najaf not only indicates the rise of Azeri cinema but also reflects the slow changes that Azeri society is undergoing. Competing with the blooming cinemas from neighbouring…

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