CONFLICT: A chronicle of the disputed history in the decades-old conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis
Aliide Naylor
Aliide Naylor is a British journalist and editor, and the author of 'The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front' (I.B. Tauris). Her work has been published with Vice, the Guardian, and Politico Europe among others. She tweets: @Aliide_N
Published date: October 9, 2020

As fighting flares between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, a recent documentary explores these tensions from both sides.

The idea for Parts of a Circle: History of the Karabakh Conflict first arose in 2011 but took nine years to complete as the frozen fighting sporadically thawed and erupted over this period. The joint production between both Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists, UK-based peacebuilding organization, Conciliation Resources, and featuring key political figures from all parties across the spectrum was a groundbreaking achievement given the divisiveness of the issue – a few of whom faced repercussions for their participation. «Some of our interviewees were arrested and imprisoned and later exiled from Azerbaijan,» Laurence Broers, the Caucasus Program Director at Conciliation Resources, tells MTR. «We couldn’t in good conscience disseminate this film more widely under conditions where our local partners weren’t comfortable with that.»

Even the version released in May, on the 26th anniversary of the 1994 ceasefire was very much condensed. Initially three films, Parts of a Circle is more a «summary film», exploring the descent into conflict in the late 1980s, the war, and the difficult peace process – alternating every 15 minutes between Azerbaijani and Armenian descriptions …

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