For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrea de Souza
Washington, D.C. December 29, 2010 During the weekend of December 11-12, the Karabakh Foundation introduced Washington, D.C.-area moviegoers to contemporary Azerbaijani film.
On December 11, the Karabakh Foundation hosted an Azerbaijani Movie Night at the Letelier Theater in Georgetown. Several dozen moviegoers had the opportunity to meet the The Condemned movie director Mehriban Alekperzade.
     Filmmaker Mehriban Alekperzade with Karabakh Foundation volunteer Shafag Mehraliyeva 
  Left to right: Leyla Mammadli, student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Dr. Adil Baguirov, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Karabakh Foundation;
Javanshir Valiyev, Chief of Department, Republic of Azerbaijan State Committee on Affairs with Diaspora.

     Executive Director Diana Altman with Foundation volunteer Shafag Mehraliyeva, who initiated the movie programs and moderated discussions.

A small reception opened the evening, followed by the 90-minute movie, which tells the story of a young woman’s struggles within a leprosy clinic.
The evening closed with a Q&A session with Ms. Alekperzade moderated by Shafag Mehraliyeva.

On December 12, the Karabakh Foundation hosted its second Azerbaijani Movie Night at George Mason University. In this informal setting, movie director Mehriban Alekperzade spoke with GMU students about her movie. This event was organized in conjunction with GMU student Elchin Abdullayev.
The Foundation has been working closely with Mr. Abdullayev in the formation of an Azerbaijani Student Union at GMU.
Dr. Adil Baguirov at GMU movie night             KF staff with GMU Azerbaijani Student Association

About the Karabakh Foundation
The Karabakh Foundation seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments.
The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.
Foundation support comes primarily from Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan and one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning. Additional information about the Karabakh Foundation may be found at

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