Filmmaker: Lala Aliyeva
They whisper but sometimes scream
“When I traveled to this village, I did not intend to make a film about domestic violence in Azerbaijan. Daily shootings around the lake were intuitive. Then I started to hear the stories of women in the village. They slowly opened up to me. The lake, as a part of nature, turned into the landscape, incorporating the memories of the culture and the perception of the past and future. So I used my camera to record the interconnection between human and non human agencies.”
Other videos stories
The culture of volunteering has not been fully established in Georgia yet and most people don’t know where to start. Even though Georgians do a lot of things for their families and community, it is not often defined as volunteer work that is supported, respected and promoted by the community. In the country where working hours are unregulated, wages are low and social security is weak, the entire burden falls on a family. Therefore, it’s no wonder that people don’t find the time nor interest for work that doesn’t pay money. Ana Kuprava has started volunteering during the pandemic with Helping Hand, a NGO based in Tbilisi. Apart from visiting and helping the elderly, she now spends a lot of time as an ambassador, informing other young people around Georgia about volunteering to help them get involved.
Work without a paycheck
The Georgian capital Tbilisi has become a magnet for young Azerbaijani artists, searching for a safe place to work and create.
Azerbaijani artist community in Tbilisi
A 23-year-old Ukrainian, far from home, tries to make life a little easier for Ukrainians escaping from the war. Around 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into Poland since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war. Ukrainian Darina Hlava, 23, who has lived and worked in the Polish city of Poznan for the last five years, is helping refugees find a place to live, orient themselves in their new reality, register and get help. Poznan, the fifth largest city in Poland, has become the temporary home for 40,000 Ukrainian refugees.
Safe and sound but hoping to return home
Once an Armenian emigre living in Germany, a young woman tries to bring change to a rural community in Armenia.
A life-changing move to the countryside
Other short documentaries
This short documentary explores a new wave of queerness in Georgia and how music can be used as a way of liberating marginalized people. To be a queer artist in Georgia is still problematic due to entrenched homophobia in the country. Nikita, with extraordinary style and a complex personality, is currently the only openly queer artist in Georgia. The interview that explores Nikita’s world and unpacks the concept of music as a safe space, was shot in an abandoned building, which can be considered a symbol for queer spaces in Georgia, as it’s always most of the LGBTQ+ community lives in the shadows. The juxtaposition of the abandoned space, where the music video and interview take place, and the stage surrounded by a liberated audience, depicts what it means to be a queer artist in Georgia. “NIKITA: Stage as a shelter" follows the creative process of creating a track about a safe space, which was specifically created for this documentary.
NIKITA : Stage as a shelter
This film is a collection of moments from the everyday life of two Azerbaijani journalists who launched a media outlet while in exile. One left his homeland due to political threats, and another left to be with him.
Stories for our grandchildren
Courier drivers in Tbilisi are emerging from their traditional role as the faceless figures behind order apps to become a forceful collective for social change. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the necessity of delivery drivers, encouraging thousands to enter the industry. However, when demand for courier work was at its height, delivery companies slashed bonus systems and incentives, dealing drivers a financial blow. What began as drivers’ fight for stronger labor rights quickly grew into a collective movement, with couriers taking an active role in the country’s most noteworthy social and political issues. Five young couriers provide first-hand insight into the formation of this unique protest culture and the solidarity that fuels it.
Your Delivery Is on Its Way
The club and electronic music scene has traditionally been based on values such as universal equality and respect. But what is the reality in a country where misogyny and patriarchy remain strong? Tbilisi’s club scene has been depicted as an unique place with one-of-a-kind venues, crowd and energy. But issues such as gender inequality exist in the local club scene, too, and affect the lives of female DJs. This short documentary introduces four Georgian women working as DJs and producers; Dali, Kdema, 3AM and Sonnorus. There are women at the club asks if gender matters, what being a woman means in the local scene and what should be done next? How does the environment in Georgia affect these issues? The film follows these women in and outside of the club from winter to spring in 2022. The four DJs open up about their experiences, opinions and wishes for the future of the local club scene, which seems to be changing. Progress may be slow but it is real.