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Julie Noon

Being a woman filming in difficult situation

Julie Noon - UK

Being a woman filming in difficult situation

Julie Noon - UK

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About the author

Julie Noon is an experienced freelance Current Affairs Producer/Director and Series Producer whose career has spanned live political programming and documentaries in politics, current affairs and news across a variety of channels. She has specialised in foreign affairs and filming in hostile environments, having worked, lived and explored in over 60 countries. With extensive experience of self-shooting and working with crews all over the world, she has worked for critically acclaimed strands including Channel 4’s Dispatches and Unreported World, BBC’s This World, as well as award-winning series and one-off documentaries. Many of her films have been shown in Parliament and some have prompted policy and legal change. She also teaches filmmaking for a variety of organisations, including One World Media. Films of note include a special investigation for Channel 4, which was the first exposé of the systematic and widespread detention and torture of Syrian civilians. Shortlisted for Broadcast Awards’ Best Current Affairs Documentary, the film demonstrated a unique combination of verified amateur video and first-hand testimony to powerfully expose the unfolding human tragedy in Syria in the early stages of the protests, refuting President Assad's claims that his forces were simply quelling an armed insurgency. Julie has made several of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Unreported World series, including about the plight of illegal immigrants crossing the Mexico/Arizona desert; the resistance to implementing a law banning child marriage, despite the devasating consequences on young girls, in Nigeria; humanitarian disaster and conflict in South Sudan in the lead up to elections; and an investigation into the prevalence of child labour in tobacco farming in Malawi. She has made several films in Afghanistan, including a documentary for a British charity regarding the plight of women and children in Northern Afghanistan, which has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. She filmed a 6 part observational documentary series about the role of the British Territorial Army in Afghanistan and spent 6 weeks embedded with a Chinook Helicopter squadron in Helmand as they carried out their tour during a spring offensive for BBC1’s ONElife strand. She’s also made documentaries including the BBC’s anniversary film, Prisoners of Katrina, exposing the breakdown of the criminal justice system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; Jungle Rangers, following an elite group of park rangers struggling to protect wildlife in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during on-going conflict; BBC2’s award-winning Cooking in the Danger Zone series investigating why Ethiopia has received more food aid than any other country; and BBC 3’s Stacey Dooley Investigates series examining child labour in the factories of Nepal and Cocoa fields of Ivory Coast.

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Interviewer: Sergei Trofimov

Camera: Anke Riester

Editing: Milena Holzknech

Edition: 2013

Location: Nalles, Italy

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