Marie-Hélène Carleton is an award-winning journalist, videographer, writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker.
Marie-Helene is currently in post-production on her first feature-length documentary film, The Road to Nasiriyah, about the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq, working with co-director Micah Garen and editor Sabine Krayehbuehl (My Architect). Wider Film Projects, who were executive producers on the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary feature by Alex Gibney, Taxi to the Dark Side, are producers on The Road to Nasiriyah.
Her writing, photography and video work has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times online, the Financial Times, as well as the Financial Times Magazine and FT.com, Der Spiegel, l’Espresso, Die Ziet, the Associated Press. Her writing and photography have also appeared in the books The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, published by Abrams in 2005 and Water Culture published by Trolley, 2003.
Her video work for The Financial Times has won two SABEW awards, and her three-part online documentary on the Ilisu Dam in southeastern Turkey was a 2009 Webby Honoree.
Her first book, American Hostage, co-authored with Micah Garen and published by Simon and Schuster in October 2005, received starred reviews in both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.
She has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, a segment that was nominated for an Emmy. She has been interviewed about Iraq on National Public Radio, MSNBC Hardball, Democracy Now, and Good Morning America, among others. Marie- Hélène has lectured about Iraq, women in Iraq and hostage-taking at Yale University, The Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Indiana and New York University, among others.