Private Project

“We live with maybes”: Searching for missing relatives in post-war Azerbaijan

Anthropologist Leyla joins Reyhan, whose husband Salim went missing during the First Nagorno-Karabakh war (1988-1994) between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and Sadagat, a sister of missing Gurban, in their visits to family members of other missing persons in different districts of Azerbaijan. Together, they document the various ways in which the families of missing persons have been dealing with their losses in the absence of certainty. When conclusive knowledge is unattainable and even forensic technologies can’t promise the final answer, people resort to other ways of knowing to acquire their truths. How do people learn to “move on” and coexist with their uncertainties under the condition of impossibility of full knowledge? How do dreams, fortune-telling, visceral sensations, and rumors come to factor in the process of constructing one’s truths? The film grapples with these questions.

  • Leyla Jafarova
  • Sərxan Şikaroğlu
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    "Bəlkələrlə Yaşayırıq": Müharibə sonrası itkin düşmüş şəxslərin axtarışında
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 5 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Boston University
  • Sevil International Women's Documentary Film Festival
    September 15, 2023
    World Premiere
    Special Jury Mention
  • ETNOFF International Ethnographic Film Festival
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    September 22, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Kratovo International Festival of Ethnological Documentary Film
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    September 26, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Leyla Jafarova

Leyla is a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at Boston University.

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