The documentary filmmaker Atanas Kiryakov is among the most interesting Bulgarian cinematographers. On March 22 this year the director turned 82.
He was born in Varna. He graduated from the Higher School of Film Arts in Paris (1963). His filmography consists of about 150 documentaries and popular science titles: Let’s Save the Air (1977), Equal to All (1983), For Official Use (1989), Case No 30 (1989), Survivals – Stories of the Concentration Camps (1990), The Condemned (1993), Eyes (1993), Remedy (2000), Boris Sarafov – the Man with a Star on His Brow (2003), Joel’s Flying People (2007), Hell in Paradise (2006) and others. He has won many international and national awards. He made his feature film debut with the film Flute and Girl Concerto (1980).
Since 1993 he has been working as a freelance producer. In the period from 1999 to 2002 he was the director of Vreme studios. In 2015, he created the feature film Barter, based on the story in his documentary Enchanted by the Sea. In 2020 he finished two documentaries – Dorina and A glass of wine with Milko Bozhkov.
Kiryakov was the first documentary filmmaker to bring to light two of the most painful themes of the socialist movement – the communist camps, in the films Survivors (1990) and Doomed (1994), and in the fight against the first resistance in Eastern Europe against the communist regime – the Goryan movement in Bulgaria (Goryani, 2011).