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Logline

In a world ruled by crows and discrimination, a young girl decides to fight for justice.

Director Statement

This film is dedicated to the memory of 22-year-old Azerbaijani Turk Hadis Najafi, who was killed after being hit by 6 bullets from security forces during protests in Iran on September 21, 2022, and to those fighting against gender, ethnic and cultural discrimination in Iran.

Details

Idea and financial support: Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

Director: Nazrin Aghamaliyeva

Producer: Rashid Aghamaliyev

Country: Azerbaijan, United States, Czech Republic

Duration: 9 minutes, 19 seconds

Format: DCP / ProRes / Mp4

Production: ANIMAFILM Studio

© Rashid Aghamaliyev / ANIMAFILM Studio

© Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

2023

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“I am going to the protests with excitement. A few years from now, I want to look back and feel happy that I attended the protests and everything has changed since then.”
Hadis Najafi

Background
Download the full text here:

"The hijab is used as a tool of repression and compliance for women in Iran and is mandatory in public. Hadis Najafi, 23, was a part of the new generation of Azerbaijani Turk youth, conscious to both gender and ethnic struggle in Iran. She enjoyed sharing videos about fashion and styling her hair on social media, all without wearing the hijab. Her Instagram bio stated in Turkish, “if there’s another me, replace me.” A TikToker shot dead while protesting for women’s rights, Hadis Najafi has become a symbol for Azerbaijani resistance in Iran."

(An excerpt from "Hadis Najafi" paper by Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California)

Awards

  • Almaty Animation Festival (Kazakhstan) – Best Visual Design Award

  • Sevil International Women's Documentary Film Festival (Azerbaijan) – Best Local Film Award

  • Procida Film Festival (Italy) – Best Animated Film Award

  • DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival (Azerbaijan) – Best Local Film Award

  • Golden Grape Short Film Festival (Georgia) – Jury’s Special Mention Award

  • Baku International Short Film Festival (Azerbaijan) - Special Jury Mention Award

  • Up and Coming International Film Festival Hannover (Germany) - International Film Award

  • International Silk Road Film Festival (Turkey) - Best Short Animated Film Award

  • PIAFF, Paris International Animation Film Festival (France) - Audience Award

Screenings

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ACADEMY AWARD-QUALIFYING FESTIVALS

2023

  • June 11-17 - Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France) – Competition

  • Ocotber 6-15 - Animest – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival (Romania) – Competition

  • October 20-24 - Bucheon International Animation Festival (South Korea) – Competition

  • November 14-19 - Izmir International Short Film Festival (Turkey) - Out of Competition

ALL FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS

2023

  • June 11-17 - Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France) – Competition. International Premiere

  • August 4-12 - DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival (Kosovo) - Out of Competition

  • August 16-19 - Animist Tallinn, International Animation Festival (Estonia) - Out of Competition

  • September 6-10, 2023 - Almaty Animation Festival (Kazakhstan) – Competition. Best Visual Design Award

  • September 6-10, 2023 - ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival (Azerbaijan) - Out of Competition

  • September 11-24, 2023 - Chaniartoon - International Comic & Animation Festiva (Greece)

  • September 15-22, 2023 - Sevil International Women's Documentary Film Festival (Azerbaijan) – Competition. Best Local Film Award

  • September 18-23 - Procida Film Festival (Italy) – Competition. Best Animated Film Award

  • September 21-24 - Animation Volda Festival (Norway) - Out of Competition (Cultural Showcase Program)

  • September 26 – October 1 - Animasyros International Animation Festival (Greece) - Out of Competition 

  • September 26 – October 1 - DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival (Azerbaijan) – Competition. Best Local Film Award

  • September 27-30 - Golden Grape Short Film Festival (Georgia) – Competition. Jury’s Special Mention Award

  • October 2-8 - Festival War on Screen (France) – Competition

  • October 2-8 - ANIMAGE - International Animation Festival of Pernambuco (Brazil) – Competition

  • October 2-8 - BALKANIMA - European Animated Film Festival - Out of Competition (World Panorama)

  • October 4-8 - LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival (Ukraine) - Out of Competition

  • October 4-8 - Tallgrass Film Festival (USA) – Competition

  • Ocotber 6-15 - Animest – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival (Romania) – Competition

  • October 17-21 - St. John's International Women's Film Festival (Canada) - Out of Competition

  • October 23-29 - Canlandıranlar Animation Film Festival (Turkey) – Competition

  • October 20-24 - Bucheon International Animation Festival (South Korea) – Competition

  • October 25-28 - Animae Caribe International Animation & Digital Media Festival (Trinidad and Tobago)

  • November 2-5 - TIAF - Tbilisi International Animation Festival (Georgia) – Competition

  • November 10-15 - Baku International Short Film Festival (Azerbaijan) – Competition

  • November 13-18 - TOFUZI International Animated Film Festival (Georgia) - Competition

  • November 14-19 - Izmir International Short Film Festival (Turkey) - Out of Competition

  • November 16-19 - GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation (Canada) - Competition

  • November 22-26 - Up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover (Germany) - Competition

  • November 16-19 - Rising of Lusitania - AnimaDoc Film Festival (Poland) - Out of Competition

  • November - 34th Cinemagic International Film Festival (Ireland) – Competition

  • November 27 – December 3 - Animateka International Animated Film Festival (Slovenia) - Out of Competition

  • December 14-16 - Festival of film and video art for a new non-violent culture of peace (Serbia)

  • December 15-18 - International Silk Road Film Festival (Tukey) - Competition

2024

  • January 16-21 - Festival International du Film d'Animation de Paris (PIAFF) - Competition

  • January 17-21 - Íránci Film Festival (Czech Republic) - Non-competitive festival

  • March 1-31 - Amnesty International Film Festival - Audience Award Competition

Partners

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Team

Director

Nazrin Aghamaliyeva

Producer

Rashid Aghamaliyev

Consultant

Masud Panahi

 

Screenplay

Ismail Iman

Nazrin Aghamaliyeva

 

Lead animator

Andrea Szelesová

 

Editor

Jorge Sánchez Calderón

 

Character Design

Sevinj Abbas

Andrea Szelesová

Nazrin Aghamaliyeva

 

Background artists

Nazrin Aghamaliyeva

Olga Aghamaliyeva

Sevinj Abbas

Kabira Hashimova

 

Storyboard artist

Kubra Binnetova

 

Animators

Andrea Szelesová

Aydan Hasanova

Firangiz Baghirova

Petr Mischinger

Nina Ovsová

Megan McSeveney

Abhranil Neogy

Prasad Babu Konda

Tamara Gogishvili

Alexandra Netunaeva

Satya Prakash

 

Coloring artists

Andrea Szelesová

Tamara Gogishvili

Arseni Okruashvili

Giorgi Kikvadze

Alexandra Netunaeva

Abhranil Neogy

 

Compositing

Andrea Szelesová

 

Text editors

Rafig Mammadli

Nitya Ramlogan

 

Graphic designer

Seymur Allahyarli

 

Composer

Ondřej Zavadil

 

Sound designer / Sound mix

Vojtěch Zavadil

 

Music

The Path of Thunder (vocalise)

Performer: Sevda Alekbarzadeh

Composer: Gara Garayev

Released on: 24.07.2014

Publishing Company: mikpro LLC

 

Music instrument performers

Saz - Elkhan Ilyasov

Cello - Vilém Vlček

 

Voice actors

Hadis Najafi - Zohre Karimi

1st Police officer - Mohammadreza M.

2nd Police officer - Amir

 

Photo in ending credits by

Instagram: shiirin_najafii

Special thanks

Our family

Masud Panachi

Sevda Alekbarzadeh

Andrea Szelesová

Parviz Isagov (PRoMete)

Elchin Hami Akhundov

Bahar Zeynalli

Alice Buffard

Sarah Guyot

Jorge Sánchez Calderón

Rafig Mammadli

Seymur Allahyarli

Rufat Mammadov

Zurab Diasamidze

Fariba Šumanská

Sangram Borse

Aydin Miyanali

Ramin Jabbarli

Ahmad Obali

Forough Asadpour

Farzin Farzad

This film was produced by ANIMAFILM Studio.

www.animafilm.studio

 

This film was made with the financial support of the Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California.

www.acsnc.org

 

Akinchi platform provided media support for the film.

www.akinchi.org

 

Azerbaijan Animation Association provided media support for the film.

www.anima.az

Skwigly Online Animation Magazine provided media support for the film.

www.skwigly.co.uk

 

© Rashid Aghamaliyev / ANIMAFILM Studio

© Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

2023

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