Marie-Helene Carleton


Public bio

Marie-Helene Carleton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and writer. Most recently, she has directed three documentaries for Al Jazeera English, one of which won Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Festival of Television and Film in 2014. She will soon start another film for Al Jazeera English. She has co-directed three films for Al Jazeera English's Correspondent series over the last several years - Identity and Exile, Who Owns Yoga? and Once Upon a Time in Sarajevo. She is currently working on raising final post-production funds to complete the editing of her and Micah's film from Iraq, The Road to Nasiriyah, about the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the south of the country resulting from the war. She is looking for a post-production and distribution partner for that film project. Her film work has appeared on television and online with HDNet’s World Report, BBC America, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and Granta Magazine. Her story about Syrian refugees for Vanity Fair and her three part online documentary for the Financial Times have both been Webby Honoree. Her writing and photography has been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times, and several anthologies. She is co-author, with Micah Garen, of the memoir American Hostage published by Simon and Schuster, which received starred reviews on Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly. A co-founder of the media production company Four Corners Media, she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and has been awarded artist fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was selected to participate in the inaugural Film Independent Documentary Lab in LA, the IFP Documentary Film Lab.