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Russian Film "August the Eighth" banned in Azerbaijan2012-02-17 18:28
Russian film "August the Eighth", telling about the events of Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, may be banned to show in Baku, Azerbaijan. According to the authors of the appeal on banning the show of the film, it is justifying Russia's agression against Georgia.
As reported by 1news.az, Russian film "August the Eighth", telling about the events of Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, may be banned to show in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Demonstration of "August the Eighth" was scheduled for February 21. However, the initiative group of Azerbaijani users of Facebook has expressed protest against it. Members of this group have appealed with a statement to the administration of the cinema theater "Park Cinema", where the film was to be demonstrated, demanding the prohibition of this film due to the parallels drawn between Georgia, which considers South Ossetia its own territory, and Russia - "the occupier", and Azerbaijan, occupying a similar position in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.
As reported by Rukavkaz.ru, "after the appeals of Azerbaijani and Georgian journalists the management of the "Park Cinema" has withdrawn the film "August the Eighth" from the showing.
Also, the management of the cinema theater has removed advertising posters of the film from the cinema territory.
The plot of the film tells of a young single mother, forced to get to South Ossetia, risking her live, where she had sent her 7-year-old son on the eve of the conflict, Rukavkaz reported. The film has been shot in Russia, South Abkhazia and South Ossetia. About $ 16 million have been spent for this film.
Pravda.ru has previously reported that "the management (of the cinema theater - Ed.) has concluded that it would be a sneak preview only for representatives of the media. They're still discussing. We'll take a decision whether we would show the film on February 21, during the premiere of the film", the representative of "Park Cinema" stated.
"It's unclear yet, whether it was withdrawn or not. And the commentaries on the Internet about the fact that this film is fueling ethnic strife - this is nonsense. It seems to me that many just have not seen this film", producer of the film Fyodor Bondarchuk said in turn, according to Pravda.ru.