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Mimi Chakarova

For the past 15 years, photographer and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption and the sex trade. Her film "The Price of Sex," a feature-length documentary on trafficking and corruption, was awarded the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. She was also the winner of the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a Dart Awards Finalist for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Chakarova continued on to direct, shoot and produce another two feature films. "Men: A Love Story" premiered at the renowned Telluride Film Festival in 2016. Chakarova is currently directing "Still I Rise," a documentary series that celebrates people who persevere in spite of adversity. Chakarova is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography and the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on sex trafficking. Other awards include a People's Voice Webby as well as a nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy Award. Chakarova's work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The Sunday Times Magazine, London, CBS News' "60 Minutes," CNN World, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, PBS' FRONTLINE/World and the Center for Investigative Reporting among others. In 2007, Chakarova became the series curator of FRONTLINE/World's FlashPoint, featuring the work of photojournalists from around the world. Chakarova taught visual storytelling at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 14 years. She's also taught at Stanford University's African and African American Studies and Comparative Studies for Race and Ethnicity.

"Capitalism, God, And A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters The Twenty-first Century", published by Duke University Press in 2005, features over 75 of Chakarova's documentary photographs of Cuba. Mimi Chakarova received her BFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MA in visual studies from UC Berkeley. She has had numerous solo exhibitions of her documentary projects on South Africa, Jamaica, Cuba, Kashmir and Eastern Europe.

Listen to Mimi Chakarova on the Kitchen Sisters Podcast. (5/18)


Men: A Love Story
A film by Mimi Chakarova, 2016, 80 min., Color

After spending nearly a decade as a journalist documenting young women sold as slaves into the sex trade, award winning filmmaker Mimi Chakarova (

The Price of Sex
A film by Mimi Chakarova, 2011, 73 min., Color

An unprecedented and compelling inquiry, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of traf...



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