Jirtdan • 10m
Directed by Aghanaghi Akhundov and Yalchin Efendiyev • 1969 • USSR/Azerbaijan
Produced at the start of the golden age of Azerbaijani animation, Akhundov and Efendiyev’s Jirtdan (meaning “small” or “dwarf”) is a magical little treat in which the titular tiny hero and his brothers must outwit the child-eating Div.
Directed by Aghanaghi Akhundov and Yalchin Efendiyev
Written by Alla Akhundova
Cinematography by Aleksandr Milov
In Azerbaijani with English subtitles
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