Under the Same Sun

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Race & Multiculturalism
South & Central Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):François Jacob
Producer(s):François Jacob
Editor(s):Jéricho Jeudy
Writer(s):François Jacob
Antoine Dion-Ortega
Cinematography:François Jacob
Composer:Moses Baxter
Sound:Hélène Magne
Isabelle Lussier
Simon Plouffe


For more than a century, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, an autonomous region in Azerbaijan with an ethnic Armenian majority. With an empathetic ear to both sides, this film delicately unpacks the sensitive subject of ethnic nationalism in the South Caucasus. Using poetic visuals and a mesmerizing, immersive soundscape, Under the Same Sun introduces us to the viewpoints of writers, activists and everyday citizens. Through these interviews, the film raises an urgent and timely question: How does one retain a belief in universal human rights in the face of aggressive propaganda and increasing ethnic nationalism? Very few are able to see beyond the politics of hate, but activists like Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli deliver memorable philosophical musings on the nature of human goodness. He reminds us that, “even in the darkest of times, history will remember the kind and just.” His strong and instinctive humanist perspective resonates long after the film is over. Aisha Jamal

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

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