Leila’s Violin is a new short film about a young Californian girl, Leila, who travels to her mother’s birthplace in Azerbaijan after her mother dies. There, Leila discovers an ancient settlement of Mountain Jews in the Fire Mountains, where she meets spiritual messengers and finds a ghostly red violin.
Filmed amidst the stunning landscapes of Azerbaijan’s Caucasus mountains, Leila’s Violin stars young Hollywood actress Sofia Rosinsky and Azerbaijani violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva.
Rosinsky’s performance in Leila’s Violin won her the Best Newcomer award at the 18thInternational Monaco Film Festival in Monte Carlo in December 2021.
The 15-minute film was written and directed by Azerbaijani-American writer and composer Ella Leya. It not only showcases the breath-taking scenery of Azerbaijan, but also the country’s multiculturalism, mysticism and magical music.
The September screening at the central London located Regent Street Cinema is free to attend, although prior registration is required. Other cultural elements may be added to the evening’s programme.
The event is sponsored by the Azerbaijani Diaspora Committee, in partnership with The American Jewish Committee and with the support of the Azerbaijani Embassy in London.
Date: Wednesday 14 September 2022
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW
Admission: free, but prior registration of attendance is required
Registration: click here for Eventbrite to reserve your place