François Jacob’s UNDER THE SAME SUN – In theatres August 27

A documentary about the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

as seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of the Caucasus 

In theatres August 27

The theatrical release of the feature documentary Under the Same Sun, directed and produced by François Jacob. The film depicts the tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan for the appropriation of the Nagorny Karabakh region. A century-long territorial conflict that is still ongoing, and which made the news again in the past year. It will open in Quebec on August 27.

A preview screening organized by Cinéma Public will take place on Wednesday, August 11 at Le LIVART arts centre in Montreal. The outdoor screening will be hosted by filmmaker François Jacob and co-writer Antoine Dion-Ortega. Several discussions with the filmmaker and guests following the release of the film will be organized and announced soon.

Selected by Hot Docs, DOXA and the RIDM, Under the Same Sun also created a lot of buzz abroad when it was presented in various international festivals. TV networks in China, Norway and Sweden have acquired it. It will be available everywhere in Canada starting September 10, via the online platforms of Cinémas Beaubien, du Parc et du Musée and Cinéma Public.


Despite the 1994 ceasefire, there is still no real peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which continue to fight fiercely over the mountainous Nagorny Karabakh region. More than 25 years after the war, nationalistic passions seem as strong as ever. The litany of resentment and accusations continue to be met with denial in an ongoing dialogue of the deaf. With the restraint that comes with our foreigner’s gaze, Under the Same Sun offers an attentive ear, in search of understanding in these young countries with old wounds.


Feature documentary. Québec, Canada. 2020. 97 minutes.

Original Armenian, Azerbaijan, Russian and English version with French or English subtitles

Directed by: François Jacob | Written by: François Jacob and Antoine Dion-Ortega | Cinematography: François Jacob | Editing: Jéricho Jeudy | Sound Recording: Hélène Magne and Simon Plouffe | Sound Design: Hélène Magne | Sound Mix: Isabelle Lussier | Music: Moses Baxter | Production: Les Films de l’Autre (François Jacob) | Distribution: Les Films du 3 Mars




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