On February 18th, the multi-award-winning independent documentary Endless Corridor – a US/Lithuanian co-production – was shown at the Zita Theatre in central Stockholm, Sweden.
The screening of documentary was organized by TEAS within the Justice for Khojaly campaign
The screening, organised within the Justice for Khojaly campaign, commemorated the victims of theKhojaly Massacre on February 26th, 1992. This was the worst single atrocity of the Armenia–Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, claiming the lives of 613 civilian victims in 1992. The death toll included 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people.
Following its international premiere in 2015, Endless Corridor – narrated by Academy-award winning actor Jeremy Irons – has received plaudits from critics around the world, including the Best Documentary and Best Director for a Documentary at the Tenerife International Film Festival in Madrid; the Best Documentary Editing Prize at the Milano International Filmmakers Festival; and in the prestigious US-based Accolade Global Film Competition, it achieved two awards – Best of Show in May 2015 and in January 2016 the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Accolade Humanitarian Awards 2015.
It has also been screened on the pan-European Eurochannel, CNN Turk and TV 24 (Turkey) channels.
The lunchtime event also saw the launch of the book Khojaly Witness of a War Crime: Armenia in the Dock. Speaking before the audience of over 50 politicians, VIPs and press representatives, Lionel Zetter, Director of TEAS explained: “TEAS is proud to organise these events within the framework of the Justice for Khojaly campaign, which is an international awareness campaign initiated by Mrs Leyla Aliyeva, Vice-President,Heydar Aliyev Foundation”.
The Justice for Khojaly international campaign was launched on May 8th, 2008. The campaign’s rapid development is a measure of international support for the restoration of justice in the region. This support has been expressed at events in over 100 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and has come from individuals and international organisations, as well as states. TEAS is also organising events within the Justice forKhojaly campaign in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Florence, Istanbul, London, Paris, Strasbourg and Vilnius.
“Endless Corridor is a film that came about because Richard Lapaitis, a Lithuanian journalist and witness of the horror of Khojaly, could not let the experience lie or forget the people who survived. He returned with a touching and human desire to find out how the survivors coped with memories of loved ones killed before their eyes. Russian journalist Victoria Ivleva was also reunited with Mehriban, a mother whose two-day-old baby she had saved in the chaos. The stories are of ordinary people whose lives were devastated by the Armenian invasion of their land.”
Human rights campaigner Andrès Gómes noted the importance of raising awareness about unresolved conflicts such as the one in Nagorno-Karabakh, “in order to learn from horrible atrocities like that.” Film writer Smilla Sahlquist called the film a “touching documentary, which moves your heart.” She added that “this tragedy appeals to your conscience, requiring a response.” Ian Peart, Editor Khojaly Witness of a War Crime; Armenia in the Dock, said the book had two purposes: to present the humanity of the victims and to provide objective facts from an international point of view. “After reading this book, hopefully readers will ask themselves: ‘what can I do to help?’”
Unique in its presentation of irrefutable hard information, the book includes interviews with witnesses of the events in Khojaly, materials published in the international press, the views of foreign researchers, reports from international organisations, and rare pictures taken by international photographers.
Despite the passing of four UN Security Council resolutions against the invasion, Armenia continues to occupy Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts to this day. Currently nearly 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory remains occupied, and nearly one million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain spread across Azerbaijan. The lunchtime event was dedicated to the memory of the Khojaly victims and those Azerbaijanis who have only one wish – to return home.