Azerbaijan Television and the "Azerbaijantelefilm" Creative Union have made 2 feature documentaries in connection with March 31 - the Day of the Genocide of Azerbaijanis.
According to AzTV's Social Media and PR Department, the March massacres committed in 1918 are shown from different directions in the films entitled "The Forgotten March" and "The sentence".
"The Forgotten March" film is dedicated to the Armenian atrocities committed in Shamakhi and Lankaran.
In the film, 102-year-old Shamakhi resident Marifat Islamova and 100-year-old Lankaran resident Kamal Kalantarli describe the March massacres.
The details of the cruel crimes committed by the enemy are reflected in the documentary. The people running from Armenian vandals found refuge in a mosque. However, the treacherous occupiers set fire to the religious temples as well. The film is based on the memories of the village residents and describes the painful days of our compatriots who were murdered and subjected to tortures just because of their ethnic identity.
Historians Javid Islamov and Kamal Mahmudov comment on those facts from the historical point of view in "The Forgotten March" film.
The scriptwriter and director of the film is Elvin Mirzayev, cameraman - Elshan Badalov and video editor - Jabir Alizade.
The film will be broadcast on March 31 at 21:00 on AzTV.
AzTV's other film dedicated to the March massacres is entitled "The sentence". The events described in "The sentence" are taking place in Baku.
The film tells about the difficult days of March of 1918 and reflects the resistance of the civilians to the Armenians-Dashnaks. Thus, before the arrival of the Turkish Army, chieftains had carried the main burden in Baku. They gathered voluntary groups from civilians and fought till the end. They took up their daggers and attacked the enemy.
One of those chieftains was a young man named Najafgulu. His fight against the Armenian-Dashnak groups is especially highlighted in the film.
After the Soviet Union was founded, Najafgulu and 12 more Baku chieftains were convicted of murdering revolutionary Ali Bayramov. They were subjected to injustice and sentenced to death.
The film also shows how chieftains protected women and children at the cost of their own lives. One of the old chieftains said, "God forbid, if we lose this war, let us throw women, brides into the sea," and thus, stressed the importance of defending the women.
The director of the film is Zaur Zeynal, scriptwriter - Leyla Gadirzade, cameraman - Agshin Rzayev and head of the project - Hamid Asadzade.
"The sentence" will be broadcast on March 31 at 18:30 on AzTV.
The genocides committed by the Armenians against the Azerbaijanis were not over. The treacherous enemy committed genocide against our people during the First Karabakh War at the end of the 20th century as well.
Azerbaijan Television has made a film dedicated to one of such massacres - Edilli tragedy.
The hero of the documentary entitled "The Edilli witness" is one of 3, 890 Azerbaijanis taken captive by the Armenians in August-September, 1993. The film is about Shamsi Shikhaliyev who spent 565 days in the Armenian captivity.
During the captivity, he was kept without water, insulted, beaten up. Nevertheless, the most horrible thing is that he is a witness of the Edilli massacre. Shamsi Shikhaliyev was one of the captives who was forced to bury the murdered Azerbaijanis without following any rules.
The Edilli witness has played a big role in finding out the place where almost 20 Azerbaijanis were buried.
The scriptwriters of the film are Parviz Hasanov and Eldar Iskandarzade, director - Parviz Hasanov and cameraman - Elshan Badalov.
The film will be broadcast on March 31 at 14:30 on AzTV.
Moreover, all the three films are demonstrated on a big screen on the Baku Boulevard.
It is noteworthy that Azerbaijan's first and oldest TV channel AzTV started operating on February 14, 1956. It is possible to watch the TV channel in many countries of the world.
Azerbaijan Television has bureaus in Europe, Turkey, North Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, America, Canada, Central Asia, Georgia, East Asia and China. In 2013, its bureaus in Arab countries and North Africa also started operating.
As a result of the installment of the digital TV-Up-link station by specialists of the "Teleradio" Production Union, programs of Azerbaijan Television are broadcast in Europe via "Hot Bird" and "SESAT", in North America via "Galaxy 25", in Asia via "Turksat 1C". Since 2013, the channel has been broadcasting via the "Azerspace-1" satellite.
In 2007, Azerbaijan Television was awarded the "European quality" medal for the quality of the broadcasting in Europe.
Since 2021, AzTV has been broadcasting in the HD format.