Would it be like the Central Asia I was so familiar with? Would the Russian influence be as obvious as in other parts of the former Soviet Union? I was in the country right after the mourning holiday of Ashura, and I noticed black banners and flags adorning many mosques, just as I had seen during Ashura in Iran the year before.
Having spent years living and working in Central Asia, I’ve flown over the Caspian Sea en route back to the USA countless times.
On long hauls I’m a window-seat flyer, so when the sea was not obscured by clouds or the opaqueness of nighttime, I would look out and marvel at its vastness.
However, this film doesn't deliver on the goods.
If I could make some decisions here I would have kept the entire film surrealistic, keeping every scene in the virtual world instead of flashing back and forth from the online fantasy into the real world where the kids are typing into their laptops or phones.
But the Azeri people’s deep historical roots lie to the east, on the steppes of Central Asia and Mongolia, the original homeland of the Turkic clans.