Aliya has created photographic portraits for The New York Times, Vogue, and Vice while shooting global campaigns for Converse and Levi’s. After working on a series of documentaries in Haiti, Aliya began creating her own documentary films to help tell people’s stories.
Raised as a first generation American in Pennsylvania, Aliya and her family provided housing for new immigrant families. Her mother was a child refugee who had migrated through the middle east and lived in refugee camps across Europe. Aliya recognizes the hardships that immigrants face, struggling to create a good life in a new culture. She amplifies her subjects’ voices so their stories may educate and inspire people around the world.
Her documentary shorts have been published by The New York Times, Huffington Post, Refinery29, and Washington Post focusing on a range of topics including women’s rights. Her work has led her to consult for the Obama Administration and the U.N. to help influence change in the world.