They whisper but sometimes scream

Author: Lala Aliyeva

The lake has no name. People call her Pir Vir, but this is the name of the shrine located nearby. Once the lake was a feminine space. Women would collect the water, but also trust their stories. She has many of them. 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,” says the author Lala Aliyeva.

The film premiered at Vision du Reel 2020 and has been screened at a lot of festivals: DokuBaku International Film Festival, Chai Khana’s FemDoc, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Ji-hlava Film Festival (non competition), and Maiden Tower.To Be a Woman-Women for Peace, an international art festival in Azerbaijan.




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