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Directed by Vahid Mustafayev
Produced by Mirshahin Agayev
Written by Vahid Mustafayev
Starring Ilgar Musayev
Nigar Bahadirqizi
Telman Aliyev
Najiba Huseynova
Elmira Yagubova
Music by Yashar Bakhish
Cinematography Afshin Alizade
Distributed by Bakifilm
Release dates
  • 23 February 2012 (2012-02-23)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Azerbaijan
Language English

Xoca 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.

Background and structure[edit]

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.[1]



The British release of Xoca was on 24 February 2013 and were shown in London's The Princess Anne Theatre.[2]


Xoca won several awards. At the 2012 Cairo International Film Festival, it was named best international drama of the year.[3]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitfield, Gemma. "Xoca (Khoja) | Movie review". Theupcoming.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Emotional film on the Khojaly Massacre screened in London". ukprweb.com. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Фильм Вахида Мустафаева "Ходжа" получил награду (ФОТО). anspress.com (in Russian). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 

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