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‘Ali and Nino’ debuts in Los Angeles with a Standing Ovation

Los Angeles premiered ‘Ali and Nino’ as the opening film of the Asian World Film Festival on October 24.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, directed this feature film based on a forbidden love story between an Azerbaijani Muslim and a Georgian Christian during the belligerent Great War. In spite their parent’s disapprovals, due to their cultural and religious differences, the couple get married. However, it’s not long before the Great war erupts and their situation aggravates.

Maria Valverde, in the role of Nino, and Adam Bakri, in the role of Ali, attended the premiere alongside Emmy-nominated directors and producers.

Prior to the screening to the eager audience, Nasimi Aghayev, Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles, delivered an informative speech. He revealed that, in addition to a love story, the film celebrates the tolerance of multiculturalism of Azerbaijan. Moreover, it reminds the world of the struggle for independence, which they successfully achieved twice in one century.

Following the screening, the film left the audience astonished and delivered a standing ovation.

Aghayev thanked the extensive support of Ms. Leyla Aliyeva, Azerbaijan’s First Lady and the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, that allowed the accomplishment of the film.

By: Maria Bakh