Lezgins are one of five major ethnic groups living within Azerbaijan. They inhabit mostly in the north part of Azerbaijan. Lezgins could preserve their language. The majority tends to speak with each other in Lezgi language. However, Apart from the old generation who could only speak Lezgi, the young generation knows both Azerbaijani (to get job in Azerbaijan) and Russian (to work in Dagestan).
Lezgins - A Prominent Ethnic Group in Azerbaijan
Women in the Caucasus sometimes have to endure domestic violence to avoid rumours from the neighbours that negatively affect not only them, but also on children.
Suffering in Silence
It is impossible to imagine human life without energy. We all use gas, oil or coal as sources of energy. However, it is known that all of these reserves will come to an end.
Azerbaijan Alternative Energy
The children’s cemetery in Sumqayit is a dark reminder of the high level of children born with birth defects. The Sumgayit cemetery reveals the tragic story that was hidden for so long during the Soviet period. Dead babies don't lie.
Children's Cemetery in Sumqayit
Sudaba Allahverdiyeva has been growing grapes in Khachmaz for many years, but she says that it is no longer profitable. The land on which she grows her grapes is not even hers, but is a remnant of state-owned farmland from the Soviet Union.
"Dry Law" Destroyed Vineyards
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the once powerful tea industry of Georgia went into a sharp decline. Around 75,000 ha of land was sown under the tea plantations, and the harvest was half a million tons of tea leaves. There was a time when Georgians consumed around 3500 tons of tea, but today, this number has decreased to 1500 tons. For the last few years, several small family businesses started their struggle for the revivaleffort. A passionate tea lover and entrepreneur, Shota Bitadze, guided Lala Aliyeva through the history of Georgian tea and family plantations in Guria.
Guria: Revival of Tea Plantations
Several decades have past since breast cancer has been considered a fatal disease. Chaikhana seeks to challenge this false impression and to give voice to the women who have defeated cancer, reminding others about the importance of regular mammograms - a diagnosis which has the potential to save the thousands of lives if detected in an early stage. Women-Fighters. Breast cancer: Stories of Victory!
Women Fighters. Breast cancer: Stories of Victory!
While Islam denies any kind of images, images on tombs in Azerbaijan are present everywhere. Accordingly, if, according to Islam, all tombs must disappear throughout time, the case of Azerbaijan is distinct; Azerbaijanis prefer to “build” memorials and mausoleums around their tombs.
Muslim Graveyards in Azerbaijan
There is a tradition in the South Caucasus for a girl to be a virgin when she gets married. However, some future brides have to see a doctor to keep this tradition, thus hymen reconstruction surgery has gained popularity in recent years.
Virgins, Doctors and Traditions
What similarities did Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have in the '90s? This retrospective photo story depicts the household items of the 1990s, most of which, were novel for these newly independent countries at the time, but outdated today.
Made In The ‘90s
Endemic corruption and human rights abuses are widespread in Azerbaijan, whose authorities’ systematic harassment, arrest, and imprisonment of political opponents has brought the Caucasian republic under international spotlight. However, still harm inflicted to animals goes undetected and remains pervasive.
Protecting Neither Human Nor Animal Rights
In his novel Fathers and Sons, Russian writer Ivan Turgenev dissected the growing divide between two generations - Nikolaj no longer recognizes nor understands his son Arkady when he returns to his father’s home after studying in distant and liberal St. Petersburg. The year was 1862, but it could be as well the 2017.
My Family’s Soviet Photo Album
Somewhere in the corner of the building, I hear a cry of “Caniva Azzar” (damn you), a five-year-old boy was angrily shouting it to his father. At first, I was confused to hear such a familiar expression. For a moment I felt like I was in my motherland, Azerbaijan. But this was the waiting hall in Istanbul Airport — for the Tabriz Flight.
Strength and Struggle of Azerbaijani Women in Iran
The USSR was rightly called the country of new cities - in its rush to build the perfect socialist industrial future, purposely-built apartment blocks, factories, and houses of culture sprung up out of nowhere to form the new conglomerate. Azerbaijan was no exception. Some now large cities were developed from these already existing, though small, villages, like Ali-Bayramli and Mingachevir; others were created from scratch, like Sumqayit. All these urban spaces share the rigid Soviet architecture and expanses of factories which attracted thousands of workers from all over Azerbaijan - and beyond. They also house thousands of displaced from Nagorno Karabakh who fled the region at the end of the open conflict in the 1990s. They are cities with little history, and their residents do not feel they totally belong to them.
Azerbaijan: Cities Born in the USSR
It was freezing - and snowy, icy, foggy. The road to Kandovan was covered by a thick layer of powdery snow, but as the car was hardly able to proceed, it was hard to find it charming.
The World’s Last Cave Village
Fifty-seven-year-old small-business owner Djuma Isakov is a man whose language is under threat. And with it, he fears, an entire culture.
Azerbaijan’s Tsakhur Language on the Line
Heydar Aliyev’s face and name are seen throughout Azerbaijan -- from billboards and offices to a mosque and even an oil pipeline. But these are more than just images of a genial, elderly man or recollections of an Azerbaijani patriot. They are meant to show citizens how Azerbaijan defines itself.
The Power of a Presidential Personality
“I’ll call ANS TV.” Until a year ago, that was the threat often heard in Azerbaijan when local officials ignored street repairs ora factory wall collapsed. It was one place where many Azerbaijanis thought they could share their neighborhoods’ problems, and maybe even get results.
Azerbaijan’s ANS: Death of a TV Station
Orthodox Christian icons are everywhere to be found in Georgia - gazing over the shoulders of butchers cutting meat, peeking among stacks of cards in notary bureau, dangling over the windscreen on public buses and marshutkas. And a cross sway from the mirror in most cars across the country. Religious images are ubiquitous attributes of public spaces and lay bare the Georgian society’s entrenched religious belief.
Georgia and the Ubiquity of Religious Icons
“Out of my window” explores urban chaos in a yard of Tbilisi from the 7th floor window of a Stalinist building. The chaos of this urban part of the city’s life flows in parallel with the current affairs of Georgia, emanating through different media channels, thus deteriorating in the seemingly calm atmosphere of a traditional urban setting. Throughout the year, the camera depicts the daily life and changing times of the city by peering through the windows of its inhabitants.
Out of My Window
Once a year, 83-year-old Azerbaijani Bayram Allazov travels from his house a few hours outside of Baku to the hills of southern Georgia for a look back in time. From the village of Irganchai, he tries to see the location in neighboring Armenia, just three kilometers away, that he still considers home. But the effort inevitably fails.
Kerkenj: Looking Back at Armenia
This intimate journey into the life of a 62-year-old ethnic Azerbaijani woman living in the village of Fakhralo (also called Fakhrali) in Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli region focuses on her daily routine. She is a wife, a mother, a farmer, a laborious worker, a friend, a caregiver. She is Jahan, which means “universe.” All that she dreams about is to complete her “life duties” and to rest.
2020 silenced the cacophony of daily life and, in the looming silence, we waited in anticipation for normalcy to return. Sitting at home, we were hungry for stories and our old routines. As it turns out, the year was full of stories that were also hungry--hungry to unfold and be told.
At my house, four foxes enticed me toward the unknown. They will also guide you as you follow my journey, one that requires a dash of humor and numbing grief to understand the year we could have never imagined.
With a dash of humor and numbing grief
What do women say when no one is listening?