ⓘ Xoca


ⓘ Xoca

Xoja is a 2012 Azerbaijani drama film directed, written, and co-produced by Vahid Mustafayev based loosely on the Khojaly Massacre during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. The film stars Ilgar Musayev, Nigar Bahadirqizi and Telman Aliyev.


1. Background and structure

The neo-expressionist feature film is based on the story of a young, soon to be married Azerbaijani couple Aliakbar Ilgar Musayev and Gunel Nigar Bahadirqizi, which unfolds against a fictional backdrop of Khojaly Massacre.


2. Cast

  • Mina Sovetskaya as Mehriban
  • Najiba Huseynova as Gunels mother
  • Telman Aliyev as Gunels father
  • Azer Aydemir as Yura Cherniy
  • Nigar Bahadirqizi as Gunel
  • Ilgar Musayev as Aliakbar

3. Release

The British release of Xoca was on 24 February 2013 and were shown in Londons The Princess Anne Theatre.


Xoca won several awards. At the 2012 Cairo International Film Festival, it was named best international drama of the year.

The film were featured in various international film festivals, including at International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and Fajr International Film Festival. The film were submitted to Yerevan International Film Festival, but jury declined to accept it.

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