Azerbaijani Video a Finalist in "Democracy Is . . . " Contest
What is democracy? For Ethiopia, it's "fair play"; for Poland, it's "like a keyboard." (?) And for Azerbaijan, it's "possible." An Azerbaijani entry was the only contestant from the former Soviet Union among the 18 finalists in the "Democracy Is . . . " video contest sponsored by a collection of American universities, film and recording associations and the US Department of State, among others. Online voting will decide a winner by roughly June 18. Though handicapped by occasional language and spelling mistakes, the Azerbaijani video features a slick mélange of glossy visuals. It provides a didactic spiel on democracy and ends in a clarion call to action that, in some ways, brings back memories of that favorite Soviet slogan "Have You Enrolled as a Volunteer?" But the makers of the Azerbaijani video most likely know a thing or two about why democracy matters. The video links to a website of Azerbaijan’s youth movement Ol! The founder of the movement, blogger Adnan Hajizade, is serving a two-year prison term on what are widely believed to be trumped-up charges of hooliganism.