About Holly

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Filmmaker

Author

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Television Correspondent

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FILMMAKER

Holly's newest film, Exposure, chronicles a group of women from the Arab world and the West who are making a bid for the North Pole, completely unsupported, in Spring 2018. The film is slated for release in 2019.

 

Holly's film, The Babushkas of Chernobyl, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Directing. The film has gone on to win nearly 20 awards on the festival circuit, and has broadcast around the world. The film’s story – of a defiant community of grandmothers who live inside Ukraine’s radioactive “Exclusion Zone” – also forms the basis of her popular TED Talk, and her award-winning and widely syndicated essay on which the film is based (“The Babushkas of Chernobyl” 2011).

AUTHOR

She has written and directed several other documentaries that explore the lives of unlikely icons, including, Behind Closed Chadors (Iran), Holy Cow (India), Mana Wahines (New Zealand) and Paradox Found (Cuba) – all broadcast nationally on PBS and in more than 30 countries worldwide as part of the Adventure Divas series.

She is the author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine(Random House), a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and contributes to many publications, including “O,” The New York Times, The Week and The Independent. Her story about a subculture of illegal ‘Stalkers’ inside the Chernobyl’s Dead Zone appeared in SLATE.

CREATIVE ACTIVIST

Morris is a longtime host of several television documentary series’ including the PBS’s Globe Trekker, for which she has filmed in dozens of countries including Zambia, Malawi, Niger, Syria, Peru Bangladesh, Paraguay, Gabon, Uruguay,

Morris is the former Editorial Director of the book publishing company Seal Press, where she edited the Adventura series – ground breaking books about women explorers, travelers, and environmental issues.

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