Studied in Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1988 – 1991, not graduated. Instead of study, Nariman spent all his time in cinemas of Moscow watching world’s film classics. Perestroika opened many international film masterpieces to Soviet people and these films made him a cinema fan forever. In 1991, just before Soviet Union’s collapse, he came back to his hometown of Zhezkazgan.
From 1991 Nariman worked at Zhezkazgan’s copper-melting plant. In 1996 he entered the Kazakh Academy of and graduated in 2001.
Nariman’s first short film Antiromantika (2001) was selected in Cannes’ Cinefondation section and got a Grand Prix in Angers ‘Premiers Plans’ IFF.
After this he spent 4 months in Cinéfondation Residence in Paris.
In 2003 Nariman’s first feature film Little Men, with ARTE TV and Duo Films. Little Men attended festivals in Locarno, Chicago, Marrakech, Vienna, Nantes ‘3 Continents’ IFF, Angers ‘Premiers Plans’, Rotterdam.
2011 – Sunny Days, long feature, with support of Visions Sud-Est Fund, (festivals in Locarno (Boccalino Prize for the best film), Cottbus, Vesoul e.t.c., IFF Eurasia – Best Directing Prize)
2014 – Adventure, long feature, co-production Kazakhstan – France, based on Dostoyevsky’s ‘White Nights’ (Karlovy Vary IFF, Eurasia IFF, prizes FIPRESSI and NETPAK)
2023 – She bought a kettle, long feature, post-production