“Endless Corridor” documentary dedicated to Khojaly genocide is awarded a prize by prestigious Milan festival

Directed by Lithuanian independent film director Aleksandras Brokas, “Endless Corridor” documentary was last week awarded a prize in the nomination of “Best edited documentary” at the Milan International Film Festival 2015.

Professional cinematographers from around the world got together at the Milan Festival.

According to film creators, the fact that the documentary “Endless Corridor” was awarded a prize at the Milan Festival is a good opportunity to convey the true facts about the Khojaly tragedy to the world community.

The film was officially chosen in July this year to participate in “Milan IFF 2015” Film Festival.

The documentary “Endless Corridor” participated in “Milan IFF 2015” Film Festival in the following nominations: “Best short documentary”, “Best cinematography in a documentary” and “Best edited documentary”.

Describing the Khojaly tragedy, the documentary “Endless Corridor” has been a focus of attention of various international film festivals during this year. After being awarded the “Best of Show” prize at “Accolade Global Film” Competition, this film was awarded two more prestigious prizes.

On July 10, Madrid Tenerife International Film Festivals declared the documentary “Endless Corridor” as the winner in the nomination of “Best Documentary”, and Aleksandras Brokas as “Best Documentary Director”.

Being pleased of the documentary’s international success, Alexandra Brokas said in this regard: “It is great pleasure for me to receive these awards. And this time the attention of the jury was focused on the exclusive creative and technical qualities of the documentary “Endless Corridor”. I would like to thank the creative team who worked with me and the people of Khojaly who shared their tragic stories. Such great international attention to the documentary “Endless Corridor” shows that no one can remain indifferent to the stories narrated in the film. Painful lessons of the history should be learned, and the Khojaly tragedy must not be repeated again.”

Presentation of the documentary “Endless Corridor” took place in the cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Rome, Vilnius, London, Dublin, Berlin, Bern and Luxembourg in February this year, within the framework of the promotion campaign “Justice for Khojaly”. Shot in English, the documentary was translated into Azerbaijani, Turkish, French, Italian and German, following the initiative of Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, and dubbed in Russian.

Within the framework of the campaign “Justice for Khojaly”, the film was also shown on Turkey’s “Kanal 24”, “CNN Turk”, Israel’s “Channel 1” TV channels, and Albania’s National Television.

The film’s premiere took place on 1 July last year at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), London. Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event.

The documentary “Endless Corridor” was shot by producers Aleksandras Brokas (Lithuania) and prestigious “Grammy Award” winner Gerald Rafshoon (USA)”. The film was voiced by a British actor, BAFTA award winner Jeremy Irons. The film has been built on the basis of memoirs filmed at meetings, 20 years later, of Lithuanian correspondent Richard Lapaitis - an eyewitness of Khojaly horrors - with witnesses that fled from the genocide, and with people that were directly involved, from the Armenian side, in the organization of the massacre. There are plots in the film on the significance of Garabagh for Azerbaijan’s history and culture. New facts related to the Khojaly massacre, so far unknown, documents and video films and photo materials once shot are referred to in the film, and true facts about the genocide are conveyed to spectators in an effective way.