Books | Reviews | Documentary Projects
Chakarova's feature documentary film MEN: A Love Story has its world premiere at the
2016 Telluride Film Festival. Learn more about the film on BBC World.
IN THE RED, Mimi Chakarova's latest film, is featured in The Chronicle of Social Change.
The documentary had its debut in the fall of 2015 at the historic Grand Lake Theater in
The New York Times Live lists Mimi Chakarova as one of five fearless female undercover
reporters, June 2015. To read a review in the New York Times, click here.
Mimi Chakarova writes about her undercover work on trafficking for Al Jazeera English,
as well as in its latest digital
magazine issue on "Endangered Journalism."
Mimi Chakarova talks about her film and personal journey on BBC World Service's Outlook
program – featuring life-story interviews with former presidents, musicians, and many other
inspiring people with extraordinary personal stories – reaching 43 million listeners worldwide.
Correspondent Confidential is a series, produced for VICE by Carrie Ching, of illustrated
documentary shorts narrated by award-winning journalists. In the first episode, photojournalist
Mimi Chakarova talks about her journey deep into the underworld of international sex trafficking.
To read a review in the New York Times, click here.
HER WAR, Chakarova's film on homeless women veterans, is the lead piece for KQED's
"Life After War" program, airing on Friday, July 26 at 7:30 PM. Chakarova wrote "The
Aftermath of Military Sexual Assault," addressing the process of making the film in Skid
Row, Los Angeles and the reasons behind why thousands of women veterans end up on
the streets. A review in the San Francisco Chronicle can be viewed here.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime interviews Mimi Chakarova about her
work on trafficking and corruption.
HER WAR, Chakarova's latest film produced for the Center for Investigative Reporting's
I Files, takes us to a forgotten war zone - LA's Skid Row, where an increasing number of
female veterans live on the streets. In recent years, the number of homeless women
vets has doubled, making female vets the fastest growing segment of the homeless
population in the U.S. In May 2013, HER WAR was adapted for the stage by Tides Theater
in San Francisco. The play premiered on Friday, May 31st with a run of nine performances.
Mimi Chakarova on CNN | Connect The World
Undercover Filmmaker | CNN Freedom Project
Mimi Chakarova on BBC World
"Slavery 2012" Podcast | The Commonwealth Club of California
Interview with Mimi Chakarova | United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
Embassy of the United States of America: Mimi Chakarova | Ottawa
My Defining Moment: Mimi Chakarova | CBC
Video Interview with Mimi Chakarova | Reeling the Reel
Interview with Mimi Chakarova | Channel Guide Magazine
Skin Trade Exposed | ekathimerini.com
"The Price of Sex" Podcast | Human Rights Watch
"The Price of Sex" Is a Work of Art | Huffington Post
The Price of Sex on CNN
Ten Years Underground: A Photojournalist's Quest to Expose the Sex Trade | Her Circle e-zine
The Price of Sex: An Investigation of Sex Trafficking | USAID Impact Blog by Mimi Chakarova
Mimi Chakarova was interviewed on NPR's Talk of the Nation about her film "The Price of Sex." Listen to
"Human Trafficking And The Terrible 'Price Of Sex'."
Read "The Human Rights Watch Film Festival Digs Deep, Asks the Hard Questions" review of THE PRICE OF SEX
in the Huffington Post, June 15, 2011.
Listen to NPR's Snap Judgment radio story featuring Mimi Chakarova and the backstory of her documentary
"The Price of Sex." Produced by Anna Sussman, June 2011.
Exposing the Sex Traffickers – investigative journalist and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova’s chilling documentary on the seamy
networks that traffic young girls from Eastern Europe to the West is profiled by Stephen Handelman in The Crime Report:
Inside Criminal Justice, April 2011.
Mimi Chakarova gains a new perspective on journalism as well as international crime in investigating 'The Price of Sex.'
Read the full film review in SF360.org, March 2011.
An interview with Mimi Chakarova in F8 Magazine about her social documentary projects. To see the full spread of
the interview and her portfolio, view the magazine online or click here, page 66-73. February 2011.
Watch the trailer of the documentary film investigating sex trafficking by Mimi Chakarova:
THE PRICE OF SEX is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking
and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence.
Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking
from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even
though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.
An interview with Mimi Chakarova on Captive Daughters about her sex trafficking work in Eastern Europe:
"It was my obligation to return and expose something that many chose to ignore or were too afraid to
acknowledge as a post-communist plague in our society."
IRAQ: LIVING IN HIDING, PBS' Frontline/World "Conflict Zones" Series, MAY 2009
Chakarova's multimedia piece explores a secret network of shelters for victims of rape, abuse and
reprisal killings six years after the US invasion.
Women's eNews featured Mimi Chakarova as "JOURNALIST OF THE MONTH," spotlighting her work on sex trafficking.
Inter Press Service reviews "The Price of Sex" multimedia series in WOMEN by Claudia Ciobanu
THE INVESTIGATORS: BEHIND THE VEIL, Center for Investigative Reporting
Lawlessness and sectarian violence quickly engulfed Iraq after the fall of Saddam, leaving women especially vulnerable.
Correspondents Anna Badkhen and Mimi Chakarova visited a secret women's shelter in Baghdad to document the stories
of rape victims and war widows.
THE PRICE OF SEX: WOMEN SPEAK Website Launch, Center for Investigative Reporting, MAY 2009
After six years of reporting on sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East, Mimi
Chakarova launches THE PRICE OF SEX – a multimedia series featuring interviews with young women
sold into prostitution against their will.
Inheritance of Loss, The National Newspaper, Abu Dhabi, MAY 2009
Anna Badkhen reports about Iraq’s widows struggle to survive. Photos by Mimi Chakarova
2008 NOMINEE FOR THE 29th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY THE
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES, NEW APPROACHES TO NEWS & DOCUMENTARY
PROGRAMMING: ARTS, LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
2008 WEBBY AWARDS People's Voice Winner, Online Film & Video, News & Politics: Individual Episode
"Dubai: Night Secrets," reported and produced by Mimi Chakarova.
FRONTLINE/World's first launch of a new web series, flashPOINT, features "The Price of Sex."
Chakarova takes us to Moldova where she captures the lives of young women trafficked into the sex trade.
FRONTLINE/World's Rough Cut video, "Night Secrets," was reported and produced by Mimi Chakarova.
It is an undercover story about prostitution in Dubai, which has come to be known as the Las Vegas of the
Persian Gulf. September 2007
CBS News' "60 Minutes" reports on Dubai in A Visit To Dubai Inc., featuring some of Chakarova's
photographs from "Night Secrets." October 14, 2007
Capitalism, God, and a Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First
by Lydia Chávez; Photographs by Mimi Chakarova
by Duke University Press, Spring 2005
Photographs and Essays
India’s railway children
Science Monitor, 2004
Moldova fights traffic in women for sex
The Children of Chernobyl: Radiation Treatment
Oakland, California, 2000-present
Ghana, Africa 2002
research project in Jamaica
West Indies 1998-2001
in South Africa’s post-apartheid townships