Grandmas in Azerbaijan find power through singing
Author: Mirbagir Ismayilov
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After a 77-year-old grandma discovered the riches of technology, she is enjoying life in two worlds: real and digital. Svetlana Tamazyan was only 50 when her husband died, leaving her to care for their five children. Despite the challenges, she raised the children alone and ՝ a small village, Akori, in Armenia’s northern Lori Province. Today her children live far from her, some in the Armenian capital Yerevan and others in Russia. To stay in touch, they bought her a tablet and taught her how to use Viber. Svetlana quickly discovered the riches of social media. Today she watches films as well as videos about sewing and cooking on her tablet or smartphone. Best of all, the devices allow her to stay in touch with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A coffee with a grandma via skype
Afgan Maharramov, 54, has been driving a taxi on the central streets of Baku for nearly 20 years. He is the only breadwinner in his family. But Afgan, like many other traditional taxi drivers, is struggling to compete against new taxi apps. Afgan says work for traditional taxis is gradually disappearing from the market, making it harder for drivers like him to earn a living. Nearly a thousand drivers working in Baku have been boycotting taxi apps since the summer of 2020. They also established the Public Union of Taxi Drivers in order to protect the rights of taxi drivers in the age of smartphones. Others, like young inventor Rahim Khoyski, believe rideshare apps are the future. Rahim, a former taxi driver, is developing his own app for cabbies and passengers. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Published with the support of COBERM, a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the organization Chai Khana and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of either the EU or UNDP. _______________________________________________________________________________________
Old taxi vs. New taxi
The constant battle between family responsibilities and career aspirations - two women’s heartfelt memories of the sacrifices they made in the 1990s. Rusudan and Tsira, like countless other women, never had enough time to devote themselves to their professional careers. By making small concessions at every stage of their lives, many women lose the chance to build the careers of their dreams. This video was prepared with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Caucasus Regional Office. All opinions expressed are the author’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of FES or Chai Khana.
Resurrecting dead dreams
Rakif Ismayilov, 64, is a street artist. His first painting was on a carpet woven by his grandmother. He later graduated from art school. Ismayilov painted portraits of tourists on Nizami Street (aka Torgovaya), the central shopping street, for four years. His customers were mostly tourists from Arab countries. After the Covid lockdown, tourists disappeared and, as a senior citizen, he was forbidden to leave the house. And so, Rakif was unemployed for 11 months. Now, he is waiting for the country to reopen and tourists to return to Baku.
Street artists at home during lockdown
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A portrait of Abkhazia as seen through the eyes of a young artist in a search of her grandmother’s hometown.
You dreamed of a sparrow
Ana’s life in Gali (district of Abkhazia) has always been a struggle against stereotypes. Photography, however, gives her a way to express herself. A roaming camera is a short film which portrays a 17-year-old girl’s wish to break the “rules” that exist in her community and become a traveler like her camera traveled over borders and cities before she received it--and her images travel over the great expanse of the internet via photos on Instagram.
A girl with a roaming camera
Parenting virtually while earning a living for your family far from home Virtual relations became a part of our reality over the past few decades. The covid-19 pandemic made it especially actual, even painful. Online Mother is a film about the virtual relations in the family, distance, and belonging, mostly caused by poverty in post-Soviet Georgia. After experiencing motherhood online for a year, the author of the film, Ketevan Vashagashvili is returning to her son in Georgia. At the same time, the film explores the stories of four Georgian emigrant mothers who live in different developed countries to earn a living for their families in Georgia. These women’s stories capture the lives of a generation of mothers who left their children in Georgia with the hope to earn some money and return soon. In reality, some of them spend years, even decades abroad. This ‘participatory’ short film is created with the collaboration of mothers who are still desperately waiting for the day they can see their loved ones again.
Young Armenian composer and DJ reflects on the challenges for humanity created by digital innovations and technology. In this short film musician Vardan Harutyunyan shares his thoughts about the transforming world of music and its future.