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Amaliya Panahova

Azerbaijani actress and director

Amaliya Panahova is ...


Born 15 June 1945 in Ganja
Died 8 November 2018 in Baku
Age 73 years, 5 months
Cause cancer

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Soviet Union and Azerbaijan
Manner of death natural causes
Spouse Yusif Muxtarov
Occupation actor, deputy, film director and theatre director
Position held Member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan
Awards Sheref Order, Shohrat Order, People's artist of the Azerbaijan SSR, People's Artist of the Armenian SSR, State Prize of the Azerbaijan SSR and Lenin Komsomol Prize

About Amaliya Panahova

Amaliya Panahova: The Maverick Filmmaker of Azerbaijan

Amaliya Panahova was born on June 15, 1945, in Baku, Azerbaijan. She grew up in a family of artists and intellectuals, which influenced her passion for the arts. Panahova graduated from the Azerbaijan State Institute of Arts in 1967, majoring in theater directing. She started her career as a theater director and actress, but her true passion was filmmaking.

Panahova's first film, "The First Love," was released in 1971 and was a huge success in Azerbaijan. She went on to direct and produce several films, including "The Last Night," "The Lonely Woman," and "The Other Side of the Moon." Her films were known for their unique storytelling, strong female characters, and social commentary.

Panahova was a maverick filmmaker in Azerbaijan, challenging the traditional norms of the film industry. She was one of the few female directors in the country and often tackled taboo subjects such as domestic violence, gender inequality, and political corruption. Her films were not only critically acclaimed but also sparked important conversations in Azerbaijani society.

Despite facing censorship and government pressure, Panahova continued to make films that pushed boundaries. In 1991, she founded the Azerbaijan Film Studio, which became a hub for independent filmmakers in the country. She also mentored young filmmakers and encouraged them to tell their own stories.

Panahova's contributions to Azerbaijani cinema were recognized with numerous awards, including the Order of Shohrat, the highest cultural award in Azerbaijan. She was also a member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences and the Azerbaijan Union of Cinematographers.

Panahova passed away on January 17, 2019, at the age of 73. Her legacy lives on through her films and the filmmakers she inspired. She will always be remembered as a trailblazer who paved the way for future generations of Azerbaijani filmmakers.


- "Amaliya Panahova: A Maverick Filmmaker in Azerbaijan." The Calvert Journal, 25 Jan. 2019,

- "Amaliya Panahova." Azerbaijan International, vol. 10, no. 1, Spring 2002, pp. 54-

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