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“Ali and Nino” premiered in Washington VIDEO

Washington, May 17, AZERTAC

A film “Ali and Nino” was screened in Navy Memorial and Navy Heritage Center in Washington, DC.

The premiere was co-organized by the Azerbaijani and Georgian embassies in the US.

The premiere of the film, produced by Leyla Aliyeva, vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, was attended by nearly 300 people, including the US Administration and Congress officials, high-ranking diplomats and ambassadors accredited in Washington, representatives of think tanks and public figures.

Azerbaijani ambassador to US Elin Suleymanov spoke about the historical significance of the film to be displayed. Suleymanov thanked the film's creative team and hailed the great works done by film’s executive producer Leyla Aliyeva.

A dinner-party was hosted in the event, Ambassadors Elin Suleymanov and David Bakradze delivered keynote speeches.

Ambassador of Georgia to US David Bakradze spoke of the history of friendly and fraternal relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The film was shot in various parts of Baku, as well as in the streets of the historical Old City, Gobustan, Khinalig, Ganja and Gadabay regions.

Starring in the film are Adam Bakri as Ali and María Valverde as Nino. Other actors are Halit Ergenc, Mendy Petinkin, Connie Nielson, Riccardo Skamarchio, Homayon Ershadi, Fakhraddin Manafov, Assaad Bab, Numan Acar and others.

The film portrays the torrid romance between a Muslim Azerbaijani young man and a Christian Georgian girl in Baku during the period 1918–20. It depicts pre-Soviet Azerbaijan, touching upon the political processes occurring in Azerbaijan before and after the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918). This breathtaking story traverses political, geographic, and religious divides and shows challenges the two young people face on the edge of eras, of West and East, and of Islam and Christianity.

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