A scene from "Yeva"

‘Yeva’ Banned in Istanbul


ISTANBUL (Armenpress) — The  International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival announced on March 20 that the Governorship of Istanbul banned on Saturday, March 17, the planned screening of an Armenian-Iranian movie titled “Yeva” over security concerns.

Melek Özman from Filmmor told Bianet that the Consulate of Azerbaijan first sent an official letter to French Institute, the venue of the festival, and asked them to cancel the screening. “Later, they applied to Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they even applied to the Minister,” said Özman.

Eventually they received a written order from the authorities banning the screening.

According to the government of Azerbaijan, the movie creates the perception that Karabakh is an Armenian territory.

Filmed by Armenian-Iranian director Anahit Abad, “Yeva” is about a woman, who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh, after her husband’s death and takes refuge in one of the villages of Karabakh, Armenia, where she has to live in disguise.


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