Amazing Azerbaijan

Amazing Azerbaijan

SBS2  |  June 22, 2012

This year's Eurovision Song Contest was held in Baku in Azerbaijan. The oil and gas-rich former Soviet Republic secured the contest after winning the previous year. When the President of Azerbaijan declared the victory a national achievement, he offered the nation up to the harsh glare of the international spotlight, for better or worse. This documentary tells a tale of two countries: one a shiny democratic republic the government proudly puts on display for visiting journalists and dignitaries, the other a repressive and corrupt land with no respect for freedom of expression or assembly.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest was held in Baku in Azerbaijan. The oil and gas-rich former Soviet Republic secured the contest after winning the previous year. When the President of Azerbaijan declared the victory a national achievement, he offered the nation up to the harsh glare of the international spotlight, for better or worse. This documentary tells a tale of two countries: one a shiny democratic republic the government proudly puts on display for visiting journalists and dignitaries, the other a repressive and corrupt land with no respect for freedom of expression or assembly.

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