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English, Turkish

Run Time

41 minutes

Directed by

Beth Mendelson

Written by

Nathan Antila

Produced by

Tom Detzel
Reyan Tuvi

Edited by

Carol Slatkin

Director's Bio

Beth Mendelson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Executive Producer at Voice of America. Focused on issue-oriented programming, her latest documentary Turkey: Breaking The Silence profiles citizens, journalists and activists whose stories help explain the forces driving media repression. The film reveals the deep divisions in Turkish society and the evolution of autocratic power against a free press.

Her series After Parkland paints an intimate portrait of loss and explores the impact of gun violence in America’s schools.

Boko Haram: Journey From Evil, narrated by award-winning actor David Oyelowo, pushes beyond the record of violence to examine the underpinnings of Boko Haram, the Nigerian government’s response, and the inspirational stories of extraordinary Nigerians that are peacefully pushing back. Ms. Mendelson also produced an accompanying news series called Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked based on eighteen hours of original video filmed by Boko Haram.

Her other projects include; A Single Step, hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field, that examines global women leaders and how the 4th UN Conference on Women in Beijing was the beginning of a movement embracing change for women and girls; AIDS: Living in the Shadows, hosted by Sir Elton John, which took an unvarnished look at the stigma of AIDS in communities around the world; John F. Kennedy: A Legacy Remembered, explored the legacy of the late President 50 years after his assassination; Immigration the New Face of America, put a human face on the Immigration debate through first hand profiles; and A Fateful Harvest, investigated Afghanistan’s opium trade and its challenge to the country’s stability.

Beth Mendelson’s communication career spans 30 years across non-profit organizations, broadcast media, and the U.S. government, including the White House. Prior to her documentary work at Voice of America, Beth Mendelson was the Chief of the Afghanistan Service for 6 years, overseeing television, radio, and web programming.

She has been an Executive Producer for major American and European networks, including PBS, CNN, ITN, ARD, and MSNBC. Her work producing documentaries and television specials has taken her to Russia, China, France, and England among other countries. Mendelson’s other work includes films and programming for the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, Agency for International Development, World Food Program, U.S. Department of State, and the National Civil Rights Freedom Awards; honoring Oprah Winfrey, Paul Rusesabagina, and Ruby Dee.

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