Svetlana İsmayilova

screenwriter, journalist, writer

(26.02.1939 – 25.02.2022)

Svetlana Ismayilova daughter of Babarahim (Svetlana daughter of Rahim) was born in Baku. She studied at the Faculty of Journalism of Azerbaijan State University (1960). Since 1957, she has been regularly appearing in the press. The main theme of her writings was film music. In 1963, she became a doctoral candidate in cinematography at the Institute of Architecture and Art of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, worked as a literary worker and department head in the newspaper “Azerbaijani zhvanari”, and as a scientific editor of the Art department of the main editor’s office of the Azerbaijan Soviet Encyclopedia. She was the leading editor of “Azerbaijanfilm” film studio (1984-2001). She worked as a screenwriter and editor in documentary, feature and animation films, including Mozalan film magazine. Translator of up to 70 films from Russian to Azerbaijani, author of  books such as “Art is Eternal and Immortal”, “My Sycamore”, “There was a time…”. She worked as an associate professor and head teacher at the Department of “Film studies and screen dramaturgy” at the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts. She was the laureate of the “Hasan Bey Zardabi” (1998) and “Golden Pen” (1990) awards. “Honorary diploma named after Arif Babayev” was awarded (2002). Since 2004, she lived in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Svetlana Ismayilova died on February 25, 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany at the age of 83.



  1. Man’s word (1987, full length feature film) – editor
  2. In the light of white hair (1993, short documentary film) – screenwriter
  3. My mother Kur (1993, short documentary film) – screenwriter
  4. Ray (1994, animation film) – editor
  5. You are always with us (1997, short documentary film) – editor
  6. Our grief… our pride… (1998, short documentary film) – editor
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