Its that time of the year where we are calling for theme suggestions for our popular long documentary project 2014. The long documentary project is part of IAWRT mandate to build the capacities of members in documentary/film making to enhance professional standards of members.
What drives women to chronicle the realities of a complex and violent world?
Women have been making news as writers or journalists for hundreds of years. Europe has records of female editors or writers back to the 1600’s, women journalists operated in India under the British Raj and in China in the 1800’s, and probably well before that, but journalism has been a male dominated profession until the last century. In many countries it still is.
Nupur Basu,(pictured) an Indian and international journalist and documentary filmmaker for the last 35 years, has been witness to women entering the profession in ever increasing numbers in the last three decades.