Azerbaijani show business navigates state pressures, incentives

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Kamal Yashar is an Azerbaijani voiceover actor, one of the few in the country’s small industry. His voice is widely familiar from foreign films dubbed into Azerbaijani. But his face and name came into the spotlight only recently. In February, the 39-year-old made a video appeal to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on his Facebook account about the problems his industry faces. It is common for Azerbaijanis to make direct appeals to the president after their grievances go unaddressed by the state bureaucracy. What was different about Yashar’s appeal was his theatrical use of voices representing…

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