Sunday, July 18, 2021

NO ORDINARY LIFE Film Review July 18, 2021 Eclectic Arts

No Ordinary Life

Array Films
Reviewed: 7/18/2021

Rating: 5 / 5


(Array Films)

The new documentary “No Ordinary Life” is an extraordinary film. Five journalists/camera women that blazed a trail on the front lines of some of the most volatile wars and conflicts over the last forty years are featured in this incredible documentary.

Peabody award winning director Heather O’Neill interviews pioneers Mary Rogers, Jane Evans, Cynde Strand, Margaret Moth, and Maria Fleet as they discuss their respective careers in journalism while under fire on assignments around the world.

The film is intercut with footage from over the years showcasing the level of work (and risk) these journalists have dedicated themselves to in order to get to the truth. Some of the footage will stay with you long after the film is over.

The obstacles, the sexism, the road less travelled - all are explored through the interviews with each journalist. And all are fascinating in their own right.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from “No Ordinary Life” when I sat down to view it the other night. But damn if I wasn’t overwhelmed by the magnificent work these journalists have provided all of us citizens over the years. And, yes, they are female - and they are damn proud of it as they should be.

Highly recommended.

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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