Atanur Nabiyeva

Born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan



2019: Radio Television and Cinema, Istanbul University 
Documentary filmmaking,  DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

As a filmmaker, Atanur Nabiyeva is deeply passionate about exploring and shedding light on important social issues through the medium of film. Her work is driven by a desire to capture the realities of life in her native Azerbaijan, and to use the power of storytelling to engage audiences and spark meaningful conversations.
Atanur's debut feature-length film, Kirshan, is a testament to her commitment to social justice and her deep understanding of the human experience. The film explores the experiences of a young boy growing up in rural Azerbaijan, grappling with questions of identity, tradition, and modernity. Through Kirshan's eyes, Atanur paints a vivid portrait of life in Azerbaijan, with all its complexities, contradictions, and challenges.

In addition to Kirshan, Atanur has also directed several short documentaries, including "Clothes" and "Grey Zone". The latter was shot during the second Nagorno-Karabakh War, a conflict that deeply divided the people of Azerbaijan. Atanur was determined to explore this complex and contentious issue, and to document how it affected her own family.

As a neutral party in the conflict, Atanur found herself caught between the pro-war and anti-war factions. She wanted to ask difficult questions and challenge her own assumptions about the conflict, even if it meant disagreeing with her parents and feeling "alienated" within her own family.

Through "Grey Zone", Atanur captures the nuances of the conflict and the ways in which it affected individuals and communities on both sides. Her film is a testament to the power of empathy, and to the idea that it is possible to bridge seemingly insurmountable differences through dialogue and understanding.

In all of her work, Atanur is committed to using the medium of film to explore the human experience, to challenge assumptions, and to spark meaningful conversations. She believes that film has the power to connect people across borders, to inspire empathy and compassion, and to create a more just and equitable world.
As she continues to pursue her passion for filmmaking, Atanur explores new topics and to connect with audiences around the world. She is deeply committed to using her platform as a filmmaker to amplify voices that are often marginalized or silenced, and to shine a light on issues that are too often ignored. Her work is a testament to the power of film to inspire change, and to the enduring power of storytelling to connect us all.

Clothes (2019)
Kirshan (2019) [Best Local Documentary award of DokuBaku 2020]
Grey Zone (2021)


“Grey Zone” short documentary film
33 min 50 sec, 2021

full film available here:

“Kirshan” short documentary film 13 min, 2021

full film available here: