“No Ordinary Life” is coming to the small screen. The Tribeca Film Festival documentary about women photojournalists is set to premiere on CNN at 10:00 p.m. EST on Labor Day, September 5.
From Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Heather O’ Neill, “No Ordinary Life” explores how, “in a field dominated by men, Jane Evans, Maria Fleet, Margaret Moth, Mary Rogers, and Cynde Strand broke news, bucked stereotypes, and built an enduring sisterhood,” a press release announcing the premiere details. “Tough, talented, resilient, and resourceful, these fierce five recount the risks of reporting under fire with white-knuckle, behind-the-scenes footage, often braving dangerous circumstances to get the story. O’Neill’s profiles of these pioneering women behind the cameras capture their pursuits of searing images of war, famine, revolutions, and natural disasters around the world, as they particularly focus in on the people at risk. Incorporating some of their closest calls in the field for the documentary, O’Neill reveals the astonishing images of their careers.”
“I wanted to make a film that allowed the audience to be immersed in the experience of being behind the camera through the photographer’s point of view. The sounds, the signs, the split-second decisions, and the sense of what unfolds for the camerawomen,” O’Neill commented.
In an interview with us, the filmmaker emphasized, “I want viewers to think that there is great value in telling women’s stories. A film about five strong, accomplished camerawomen has the potential to transform existing beliefs about the power of women.”
“No Ordinary Life” made its world premiere at the 2021 edition of Tribeca and went on to screen at Hamptons Doc Fest.