Qaragh (Wake Up)

Director: Suad Gara
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Directed by Suad Gara, whose debut short film BREAKFAST world premiered at Mammoth Lakes Film Festival and won the audience choice award at the Berlin Lift-Off Film Fest
Featuring Orkhan Iskandarli, who has starred in the films of Venice-nominated Azerbaijani director Hilal Baydarov
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2023/ Azerbaijan19 min/ Drama, Thriller
Original Title
Qaragh (Oyan)
An ex-soldier suffering from PTSD decides to visit his mother in his remote home village to find peace of mind. There, he participates in a mystical spring cleansing ritual set around a temple inside a 13th-century cemetery in the middle of the forest, where he encounters a mysterious little girl. His innocent alter-ego brings him face to face with his inner demons and sets him on a difficult path to acceptance and redemption.
Orkhan Iskandarli
Suri Huseyn
Rahila Shirinova
Rivka Khripunova


Screenwriter: Suad Gara
DOP: Alisa Tarelicheva
Editor: Andrey Klychnikov
Sound Designer: Roman Kurochkin

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Production Company(ies)
Astar Productions

Suad Gara, Ismail Safarali, Ilkin Mahammadli, Jad Ben Ammar