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New Documentary Highlights CNN's First Camerawomen in War Zones

Courtesy of No Ordinary Life/Tribeca Film Festival

"The guys with the AK-47s pulled up right next to us and just started firing into our car. I just remember thinking, this is how it ends. We made a mistake and this is how it ends," is an excerpt from a new documentary "No Ordinary Life."

The film focuses on five camerawomen who worked for CNN in the organization's early days. These women were some of the first in the industry to put their lives on the line in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

"As colorful as accomplished, these brave photojournalists made their mark by capturing some of the most iconic images from Tiananmen Square, to conflicts in Sarajevo, Iraq, Somalia and the Arab Spring uprising," the film's website says.

The Conversation spoke with the film’s director, Heather O’Neill, to learn how the documentary came together. The film premieres on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

This story aired on The Conversation on June 14, 2021.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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