Mountain gorges, ancient monasteries and villages, modern cities and amazing people –all these can be seen in a new film about the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh, better known as Nagorno Karabakh.
The film was made in September 2017 by a crew of bloggers from Latvia and Lithuania. They had visited every nook of this small part of Caucasus for a week, sought for interesting resources, talked to different people, and as a result, made a very colorful and beautiful film about a yet little-known place.
The filmmakers had the aim of uncovering this place and its tremendous tourist potential to the whole world. Irrespective of all the political complexities, simple and hospitable people have been living here for many millennia. They are delighted to welcome everyone, who wants to discover this corner of the Earth, still uncharted for a big tourism. A lot has been done recently for making this land attractive to the world: comfortable roads have been paved, hotels for every taste and pocket have been opened, and informative and extreme routes to the mountains have been arranged.
The problem remains: to convey this to the whole world, living with stereotypes and horror stories from Azerbaijan. Maybe this film will be helpful in this respect…It was easy to make this film; there was no lack of beautiful locations and interesting moments. The film contains many shots from a bird’s eye view, made by an ordinary drone. The filmmakers consider, that namely by this it becomes possible to reveal all the beauty of mountain monasteries in Gandzasar and Dadivank more impressively, feel the dizzying depth of the Hunot Canyon and view the breathtaking Sotk’s pass.
Local customs and traditions are no less interesting for many people. Through the film, you can be present at the rehearsal of the local folklore group, embrace modern dances, and listen to the live performance by a jazz band with purely Armenian motives. The original Artsakh cuisine has also been shown in the film. It is so interesting to witness the process of baking lavash and matnaqash (a loaf of bread) in ancient tonir-ovens, or watching the making of jengyalov hac (bread filled with different kinds of greens) in the local bazaar, and being present at the grape harvesting and local high-quality wine tasting. This is how the film was made – simple, vibrant and very beautiful. The creators of the film believe that it is going to be heartfelt by many people. After all, the Globe is too small to try and prohibit someone to travel around…