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Arts: Film Directors and Film Stars: The Caucasus
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Most of the Muslim women in cinema in the Caucasus come from Azerbaijan, because this country had a thriving film industry created during the Soviet years. From 1879 to 1905, A. H. Mishon, a French-born photographer with Russian nationality, resident in Baku for some 25 years, had been documenting landscapes, oil extraction episodes, the refining process, oil gusher eruptions, and terrifying fires in the oil fields. In 1898, Mishon began shooting motion pictures depicting everyday life in Baku.

When Soviet power was established in 1920, N. Narimanov, Chairman of the Revol…

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Armani, Nora, “Arts: Film Directors and Film Stars: The Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0290e>
First published online: 2009

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