Ilgar Safat was born in Baku in 1972. He is a film director, a poet and a rock-singer. In 1995, he graduated from the Akhundov Pedagogical Institute of Azerbaijan with a degree in Russian literature.
From 1995 until 2000 his literary works were published in various magazines in Baku and he performed his songs in Baku and in Moscow. He is the author of more than one hundred songs. In 2002, Safat graduated from the Highest Courses of Script-writers and Directors in Moscow (where he studied in the studio of V. Khotinenko), following which he directed “The Grandson of the Mountains”, which has represented Azerbaijan in numerous European cities for many years.
After graduating, Safat worked for a year and a half in the Film Chronicles studio in Khabarovsk in eastern Russia. In 2003, he directed “The Roots of the Sky”, which was awarded a diploma and a prize by the Governor of Khabarovsk. “The Roots of the Sky” was screened in numerous cities around the world, and has taken part in many Russian and international film festivals (New York, Leipzig, Barcelona, Prague, Augsburg, &c.).
In Germany, “The Roots of the Sky” was included in a catalogue listing the best ethnographic pictures, and the film is currently in the collection of the library of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.