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AzTV shots documentary about renowned playwright Jafar Jabbarli [VIDEO]

2 February 2023 10:22 (UTC+04:00)
AzTV shots documentary about renowned playwright Jafar Jabbarli [VIDEO]
Laman Ismayilova
Laman Ismayilova
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The state-owned AzTV channel has made a film about Azerbaijan's prominent playwright Jafar Jabbarli, Azernews reports.

The film "Jafar Jabbarli: A free spirit" is included in Sabah Creative Studio's "Remember me" fiction-documentary series, initiated by People's Artist Ramiz Hasanoglu.

Jabbarli's verse "I was a free bird" was used when choosing the film's title.

The film tells about Jafar Jabbarli's expulsion from the theater and his decision not to write anything after it. The playwright meets poet Mikayil Mushfiq and tells him about what happened to him.

The feature documentary narrates the conversation between Jabbarli and Mushfiq figuratively. Some facts were presented both on their behalf as well as in documentary form.

Since the house-museum of Jafar Jabbarli is in a state of disrepair, the shooting of the film took place not inside the building, but around it. The film shootings also took place at AzerbaijanFilm Studio.

The production director of the film is Siraj Mustafayev, the second director is Ramina Garayeva, and the scriptwriter is Seymur Shahbazzada.

Jafar Jabbarli is a great Azerbaijani playwright and one of the founders of the national film dramaturgy. He occupied a prominent place in the development of Azerbaijani art and literature as a playwright, poet, theater director, translator, and screenwriter.

He was a prominent representative of progressive romanticism, whose oeuvres reflected the sharp contradictions of Azerbaijani society.

Jabbarli started writing at an early age. His first poem was published in 1911, in the local newspaper Hagigat-i Afkar. In the following years, he penned over 20 plays, as well as stories, poems, essays, and articles.

He also translated European classics, such as Shakespeare's Othello and Hamlet, Pierre Beaumarchais's The Marriage of Figaro, etc.

The writer's focus was on the theater where he achieved huge success. His plays Baku War, Devoted Sariyya or Laughter Through Tears, Shah Nasraddin, Bride of Fire, Sevil, and Almaz gained widespread popularity.

In his plays, Jabbarli was keen on women's freedom, the elimination of gender inequality, and the solution to problems pertaining to mass ignorance among women.

Two of his plays, Sevil and Almaz, both written in 1928, focused on women's role and their struggle against patriarchy.

In 1929, Sevil film was shot based on the play of the same name. It was the first domestic film against gender inequality.

In this play, Jabbarli describes two women, Sevil, a beautiful woman, who obeyed her husband unquestioningly, and Dilbar, Balash's mistress, and a man named Balash, who disliked his past, repudiated traditions and customs and turned away from his own father.

Inspired by the success of the play Sevil, Jafar Jabbarli started to work on a screenplay for Almaz film. Unfortunately, he could not finish it amid health issues. His friends and colleagues continued his cinematographic activities and completed the shooting of the film that was released after Jabbarli's death. The film tells about Almaz, who was not scared to come across a "kulak" - a wealthy peasant, called Haji Ahmad. She fought against kulaks, sparked a revolution in the village, led her struggle, and won.

After so many years, Jabbarli's legacy still continues to inspire people. The museum named after him was established in 1934. Over 137,000 exhibits are stored at the Jafar Jabbarli Theater Museum.

The Jafar Jabbarli State Theater Museum systematically holds events dedicated to prominent theatrical figures, lectures, and exhibitions. In 2004, the Union of Theater Workers awarded the museum the Golden Dervish Award for the acquisition and storage of materials on the history of the theater.


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