written and directed
In the dark of night, a flashing stable light is answered by another, on the other side of the village.
I always wanted to make a film in the south of Azerbaijan, where I am from. Its culture, tradition, people and their values were always interesting to me. As I grew up, I’d hear stories about villagers who loved each other but were often obliged to enter arranged marriages. They would still have feelings for each other but wouldn’t be able to express them. By making this film I wanted to explore ways in which my characters Kerim and Rena could manage to express their secret love without being noticed.
Kerim and Rena were in love, but had to marry other people. Despite the passing of time, their love is now prohibited and dangerous in the society they live in. On the hill where all villagers have to come to use mobile phones, they see each other every week, but can’t display their feelings at all. The only secret way of expressing their love is through lights flashing in the darkness of night.