Documentary about national writer presented [PHOTO]

9 May 2019 17:06 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

A documentary "Light Born Out of Suffering" has been presented at Shuvalan Cultural House.

The film screening was organized by Baku Main Cultural Department, Trend Life reported.

The event was timed to the 120th anniversary of the birth of the prominent representative of Azerbaijani literature, the great poet, writer and playwright Jafar Jabbarli.

At the evening, the director of the Jafar Jabbarli House-Museum Gamar Bagirova spoke about the life and creative activity of the writer.

Speaking on behalf of the film crew, the documentary director and scriptwriter Babek Abbaszade and artistic director Tahir Tahirovich said that the documentary film tells about Jafar Jabbarli’s participation in the political processes of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, his activity as the editor of "Istiqlal" newspaper, as well as about the unknown pages of his life.

Afterwards, the film was presented to the audience. The documentary aroused great interest among the viewers.

Born in 1899, Jafar Jabbarli is one of the Azerbaijani most talented and prolific writers, whose works are still topical, which can be seen in his plays that are still staged, and films based on his works that are still screened.

The author's focus was on the theater where he achieved great success. The works including “Baku War”, “Devoted Sariyya”, “Laughter through Tears”, “Shah Nasreddin”, “Bride of Fire”, “Sevil” and “Almaz” gained widespread acclaim among readers and viewers.

Jabbarli was also committed to cinema. He believed in the development and future success of the art and along with his theater work, he became the first Azerbaijani screenwriter.

Jabbarli chose the freedom of women in society as the main theme of his works. His first script, “Sona”, was an essential rewriting of the “Haji Gara” play by the founder of Azerbaijani classical drama, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, where he made a woman as the lead character. He accentuated the idea that women have the right to freely express their opinions.

Another well-known play, ”Sevil”, which was lately screened, also pointed viewers' attention to women's freedom. In this play he showed two women, Sevil, a beautiful woman who obeyed her husband unquestioningly, and Dilbar, Balash's mistress, as well as a man Balash, who disliked his past, repudiated traditions and customs and turned away from his own father. The play shows the young woman's ability to keep pace with life, even when caught up in the whirl of social and political events, and transformation into an active fighter for a new life.

Jabbarli was a very eager director, and he made actors repeat scenes many times. The major scene of the "Sevil" film where Sevil takes off her veil was shot over and over again.


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