Armenia, one of the most isolated countries of the Caucasus and therefore completely dependent on Russia. The border with Turkey is closed because of the Armenian genocide, which took place a hundred years ago and is still not recognized by the Turks. With Azerbaijan, the borders are closed because of the Nagorno-Karabakh area, which is now in Armenian hands, but there is still being shot at over and over again. No wonder Armenia is one of the poorest countries in the Caucasus, a relic from Soviet times.
Original title: Achter de bergen van Sotsji
Jelle Brandt Corstius goes looking for answers in The Mountains Behind Sochi. In this six-episode series he travels from Sochi in Russia through the Caucasus. Far from political power games and war intrigues, he visits remote mountain villages and meets proud peoples with a strong desire to be independent.
Directed by: Hans Pool
Presented by: Jelle Brandt Corstius
Sound: Alex Tugushin
Edit: Matthieu Hes, Obbe Verwer
Research: Julia Ochetova, Maya Topuridze
Editor: Karen de Bok
© VPRO July 2015
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