Korean Film Festival opened in Gabala, Azerbaijan (Azeri-Press News Agency)

Korean Film Festival co-organized by Azerbaijan Culture Foundation, SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association, Korea Fund and Korean Embassy in Azerbaijan was opened in Gabala district.

APA’s local bureau reports that 10 films covering Korea’s history, culture, geographic position and traditions will be demonstrated from August 7 to 15.

Participants of the festival laid flowers at a statue of the national leader Heydar Aliyev in Gabala city. Advisor of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea Cha Chang-soon, Head of SEBA International Relations and Education Department, Irada Najafova, Deputy Head of Gabala District Executive Authority Etaye Osmanova delivered speeches and spoke about the Azerbaijan-Korean relations and similarities between the two nations. Touching on the importance of the Korean Film Festival, they expressed gratitude to President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador, MP Mehriban Aliyeva for implementation of this project at a high level. It was noted that Korean films had been demonstrated in Ganja, Lankaran, Sumgayit and Agdash within the festival.

From August 7 to 15, Gabala district residents will have a chance to watch these films. The guests at the event were informed about the history, population and economic potential of Gabala as well as the program of the films to be displayed during the festival, achievements made in the film sector, future goals, etc. The 10 Korean films that will be displayed during the festival have for the first time been dubbed in Azerbaijani with the support of SEBA.

Advisor of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea Cha Chang-soon spoke in his speech about the two countries’ national and moral values, nothing that Azerbaijan-Korea relations have been growing in an upward trend over recent years. He noted that be believes the films that will be displayed during the festival will help Azerbaijanis have much broader background about Korea.

Following the speeches, the Ana film, shot by producer Choi Ik-Hwan in 2011, will be displayed. All the films will be displayed in Heydar Aliyev Park and the district cultural center. These films are about public-social, science, enlightenment, love, beauty, and humanism. The films are all open to the public and free to watch.