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Mother and Son and When the Persimmons Grew

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Streamed November 11 through November 17

Mother and Son and When the Persimmons Grew—two works by acclaimed Azerbaijani filmmaker Hilal Baydarov—form a contemporary diptych on the ageless theme of mother and child. Completed in 2019, the two films together form an artistic pairing in which Baydarov and his family members become the cast, and his mother’s homestead and local landscape serve as the sole setting. Baydarov’s preference for metaphysical themes and quiet images of exceptional natural beauty softly blurs the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. Like French director Robert Bresson, Baydarov believes film is first and foremost an art form, and the viewer must experience the cadence and poetry of the moving image. Baydarov won awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival and Visions du Réel in Nyon for these films.