A grandma tries on makeup for the first time at age 70.
Filmmaker Atanur Nabiyeva thinks makeup is a sign of vanity and does not like wearing it, even though most women in Azerbaijan prefer to put on makeup before leaving the house. There is only one woman in Atanur’s life, her Grandma Rana Nabiyeva, who has never worn makeup. Although Atanur knows why she doesn’t use makeup, she does not know why her grandmother doesn’t. She decides to journey from Baku to Gazakh, where her grandmother lives, to discover the reason. During her visit, her grandma talks about her youth and she tries on makeup for the first time.
Support from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Caucasus Regional Office made it possible to publish this film. All opinions expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FES or Chai Khana.
With the start of the second Nagorno-Karabakh War, people in the country started to align into pro-war and anti-war camps. People who did not support the war were isolated and condemned by society.
The film's director, Atanur Nabiyeva, faced a similar situation during the war and decided to document how the dynamic played out in her family. After some villages were bombed, relatives living on the frontline also temporarily settled in the Nabiyev family’s house. The author positioned herself as a neutral party to this war, and sought to explore bigger conflict-related questions such as "Who is right?", "Is it worth human death?", "Could there be another solution to the conflict?" Sometimes her journey to find answers caused arguments with her parents. Atanur refuses to accept her parents’ views unconditionally and her position has irritated them to the extent that she feels "alienated" in the family.
This film was prepared with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Caucasus Regional Office. All opinions expressed are the author’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of FES or Chai Khana.