For the past decade, 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 premiered in 2011. Chakarova 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 2012 Dart Awards Finalist for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.
Photography and film for me have always been deeply connected to human rights. I think the primary goal is to change perceptions and ultimately push for change. I can’t think of a single documentary project I’ve worked on that hasn’t been a human rights concern. The camera is the only tool I know how to use as a form of protest, as a weapon, as a way to stir consciousness and get people to think differently about what they are seeing and feeling.