Name: Dechen Roder

Location: Bhutan

First significant job:

Personally, being promoted from a production assistant to an assistant editor for a big documentary production company (in 2002), as this was the first time I felt that I actually had learnt some skills in documentary production, and they were being recognized. But other first significant jobs: teaching at a film school in the Philippines (visual editing and documentary production), and making my very first documentary in Bhutan in 2004, which was aired on national television. on different levels they are all considered my “first significant jobs”.

What are you doing today?

I continue to work as a freelance filmmaker and head my own production company (in Bhutan) which has produced many documentaries, films, and other audio visual content. I am currently developing a documentary project and a feature film project.

Journalist/s who inspire you:

So Yong Kim, Laura Poitras, Lynne Ramsay.

Three Adjectives that describe you?

Conflicted, Hard-working, Visual-thinking.

What do you value most about IAWRT

Meeting and getting to know so many admirable women in a shared professional field. Solidarity.

Sample work


More sample work at

The AIBD TV & Radio Awards are open to all AIBD members.

The categories are:

1) AIBD TV Award on “The Best TV Programme on the Economic Recession and the Impact on Developing Countries”

With the current crisis with countries facing bankruptcy and needing to seek bailout funding there has been a significant change in the exchange rates for the Dollar, Euro and Sterling. This change alters the spending power of countries for essential materials such as oil, minerals, food and other commodities.

2) AIBD TV Award on “The Best TV Programme on Cross-cultural Exchange”

In an increasingly globalised world, exchanges across and between cultures can be fruitful, unpredictable and eye-opening experiences.

3) AIBD Radio Award on “The Best Radio Programme on Water Conservation”

As 2013 is the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, what steps are countries taking to conserve this indispensable resource?

4) Reinhard Kuene’s Radio Award on “The Best Radio Programme Promoting Rural Development”

In some countries there is a move to promote rural life and retrain people to be farmers and other skills necessary for maintaining the legacy of rural existence.  

The deadline for programme submission is 30th June 2013.


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Please put this date in your diary: IAWRT’s 35th Biennial Conference will be held at the Lido Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco from October 24th – 27th.

We had scheduled the conference for Sharm el Sheik, but had to look for an alternative venue following disturbances in Egypt. Please note the dates have also changed as the original dates fell on a religious holiday in Morocco.

The theme of the conference remains: Confronting adversity: Women in Media in conflict and crisis. The conference will be co-hosted with our local  partners  “Le re’seau des Femmes Journalistes” and supported  by UNESCO.

More information – including travel, conference program and registration fees – will be emailed and also posted shortly on the IAWRT website:

Please email [email protected]  by Friday 13 September 2013 if you are funding yourself so that we know how many people will be attending. We will try to keep costs to a minimum so as many people as possible can attend.

Besides the four days of stimulating discussions, workshops and other activities, we will have the Biennial Gala Dinner and presentation of the IAWRT International Radio and Television Awards for Excellence in Documentary Making. The competition celebrates outstanding documentaries made by women and are open to all female producers, directors and journalists working with radio, television, web and film documentaries anywhere in the world.

The Award for the winner in each category is US $1 000. Entries close on October 4th 2013.


The India chapter of IAWRT (International Association of Women in Radio & Television) organized the 9th edition of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi from March 5-­‐8, 2013 in partnership with the India International Centre, Korean Cultural Centre, Goethe Institut (Delhi & Tehran), Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC).


The IAWRT Seminar on Community Radio and Democracy in South Asia was part of IAWRT India’s annual festival marking International Women’s Day. It offered a platform for community radio practitioners, activists, legal experts, grassroots level programmers and those involved in campaigning for policy level changes to come together, share and understand whether communities really have a say in running their radio stations: How democratic have community radio initiatives in South Asia been? What has worked and what has not? What is the way forward? Experts from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan presented their respective country’s experiences and the obstacles they encounter both from governments, the reigning commercial interests, and the emergence and increasing popularity of new media.


A memorial for Jai Chandiram was held on 24th May 2013 at 4pm at the India International Centre. Here are some glimpses…