In a field dominated by men, five pioneering camerawomen Mary Rogers, Cynde Strand, Jane Evans, Maria Fleet and Margaret Moth went to the frontlines of wars, revolutions and disasters to bring us the truth. 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. But the world doesn't know it was these women behind the camera. In the midst of unfolding chaos, the pictures they took both shocked and informed the world. This feature documentary by director Heather O'Neill tells their remarkable story.
Heather O’Neill is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. No Ordinary Life, her directorial debut on a feature documentary film, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The film will stream on CNN+ in September.
Cynde is an award-winning journalist with 40 years of experience in international news gathering, front line coverage and documentary. For more than 20 years Cynde traveled the world as a CNN cameraperson/producer assigned to bureaus in Beirut, Beijing, Nicosia, London and Johannesburg.
Based in CNN’s Rome bureau for 10 years, covering conflict became Maria’s default assignment. She covered the first Gulf War, Somalia (for which she earned an Emmy) the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and the wars in Chechnya and Kosovo. After the Sept 11th attacks, she won a Peabody Award for reporting on al Qaeda.