October 18, 2023

Nizami Cinema Center hosts presentation of "The Son" documentary film

“The Son” documentary film produced by the British company "Broken Pot Media" has been screened at the Nizami Cinema Center with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture, "LIBRAFF" Bookstore Network and the TEAS Press Publishing House.


Prior to the presentation, the participants observed a minute of silence to honor the memory of Azerbaijani martyrs.


Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, President of Baku Media Center Arzu Aliyeva, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, family members of the martyr of the First Karabakh War Natig Gasimov, officials, well-known artists and other guests took part in the event.


“The Son” documentary film is about Azerbaijani soldier Natig Gasimov, who was captured by Armenians during the fighting in the direction of Pirler (Khramort) village of the Khojaly district in the First Karabakh War.


Natig Gasimov fought against the enemy onslaught alone for five days after his six comrades were killed during battles for the Albanian church located on a hill near the village of Pirlar of the Khojaly district. On the sixth day, on March 12, 1992, after he had run out of bullets, his capture by the Armenian military was witnessed by Russian and Italian journalists Konstantin Smirnov and Enrico Sarzi. His capture was described in an article called “Fear” in the 14th and 15th issues “Ogonyok” magazine published in Russia in 1992.


According to reliable sources, the heroism and bravery of this fearless Azerbaijani soldier caused panic and psychological tension among enemy soldiers. Field commander Vitaly Balasanyan ordered to kill Natig Gasimov by subjecting him to horrific torture against the laws of war.


Speakers at the event included representative of Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture Orkhan Fikratoglu, the film`s producer Eckart Sager, Natig Gasimov`s brother Nofel Gasimov etc.


Available in Azerbaijani and English, the film was screened twice at US festivals.