Lala Aliyeva 

Born in 1989 in Sumgait, Azerbaijan
Based in Baku, Azerbaijan



2019: MA Visual Anthropology, Goldsmiths University of London

2015: MA Journalism and Media Management, Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management
2009: BA Journalism, Baku Slavic University

Lala Aliyeva, an Azerbaijani documentary cinematographer, is also a visual artist and producer. She commenced her career as an independent journalist working on various media projects. Aliyeva was an Azerbaijani media manager at Chai Khana NGO in Tbilisi, Georgia. Lala interned as a journalist at Radio Liberty in the Czech Republic. Moreover, she was a researcher of religious radicalization among ethnic Muslims in the Kvemo Kartli and Adjara regions of Georgia during her master's degree at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management.

She enrolled at Goldsmiths University to study Visual Anthropology after discovering filmmaking. Her graduation work, They Whisper but Sometimes Scream, was one of the numerous short documentaries she filmed. In this film, three trees are decorated with clothes that the nearby village women knit at a lakeside sanctuary in northern Azerbaijan. Lala Aliyeva's camera puts this mirror-like spot back to life with exquisite gentleness, where women were once spiritually liberated from their difficult conditions. Vision du Reel, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Jihlava Film Festival, CineDOC Tbilisi, and Doku Baku Film Festivals all officially selected and screened the film. In her works, she is mainly concerned about delving into the concept of space and the link between individuals and the environment.


a still from “They Whisper but Sometimes Scream” 2019 21 minutes

The full film is available at

a still from “A year of war and family conflict” 2021
18 min 25 sec

he full film is available at