Endless Corridor – the Emotional Award-Winning Documentary on the Khojaly Massacre – Now Available on Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime has made the independent Lithuanian-produced film Endless Corridor, the only award-winning feature-length documentary on the Armenian–Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, available to British and American audiences, according to ‘Azerbaijan in Focus’, reporting on the APA agency.
Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, with over 110 million members across the US and UK alone. The inclusion of the documentary on its streaming platform pays testament to the cinematography of this moving story, and its importance for a global audience, especially as fighting has now resumed in the region. Making the documentary accessible to such a vast viewership enables many to gain a more accurate understanding of the history and human cost of the Armenian–Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The documentary provides an invaluable historical background to the conflict, as it charts the Armenian military’s attack and subsequent killing of 613 civilians – including 106 women and 63 children – as they escaped the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on February 26, 1992.
The events are presented through the personal testimonies of survivors, in conversation with Lithuanian eye-witness and journalist Richard Lapaitis. Amassing these personal stories was a monumental effort, and the documentary took five years to make.
Endless Corridor received the Best Documentary and Best Director prizes at the Tenerife International Film Festival in 2015, in addition to the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Accolade Humanitarian Awards in the same year. The film is narrated by the Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and produced by Emmy Award-winner Gerald Rafshoon.
The film’s producer and director, Aleksandras Brokas, has commented on the contemporary relevance of the film in connection with the latest escalation and reignition of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict. “This war is fought on both the battlefield and in the field of information”, he said. “As ‘fake news’ pervades the press, large-scale investigative documentary-making, such as ours, where international, experienced and independent journalists show the perspectives of both aggressors and victims, is crucial in gaining an accurate view of current events.”
Endless Corridor had its international debut in 2015. It was promoted in association with the ‘Justice for Khojaly’ awareness campaign, headed by Leyla Aliyeva, General Coordinator of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, and also supported by the European Azerbaijan Society. Recognising the scar of Khojaly and its importance to Azerbaijanis worldwide is at the heart of understanding current tensions in the unresolved Armenian–Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and how its continuance has shaped an entire nation.