If you're scratching your head trying to figure out whether Ilham Aliyev is a dictator or not, be sure to check out the documentary "How to Plan a Revolution" produced and directed by the BBC's Ivan O'Mahoney on two young Azeris who participated in the parliamentary election. I met Ivan on a plane to Baku and enjoyed hanging out with him and his team in those crazy days leading up to election day. O'Mahoney's cameras were there on the day(s) the police cracked heads open and chased peaceful protesters with dogs.
Carpetblog reader Ross saw it and commented:
"Before I go, I'd like to inform you about a programme that was on BBC2 here in the UK on Thursday night about the political protests and how the Azadliq block were campaigning for peace and free elections. It really did sicken me to see just how the police acted on those supporters and how the election was organised. There were such graphic scenes as a woman from the Azadliq supporters beaten unconcious, another (about 60) beaten and her nose smashed. She lay on the road huddled up shacking from what appeared to be shock, the fear running cold through her eyes."
It also played at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London, and will be shown at the HotDocs festival in Toronto next weekend. If you have BBC2 check it out, and send a copy to me. I haven't got access.
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