About Holly

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Specialties

 

Filmmaker

Author

Speaker

Television Correspondent

Changemaker

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FILMMAKER

​Holly's newest film, Exposure, is the true story of eleven ordinary women from the Arab World and the West who come together in pursuit of the extraordinary: skiing to the North Pole.    

 

Holly's first feature-length documentary film, The Babushkas of Chernobyl, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Directing. The film has won more than 20 awards on the festival circuit, and was 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 Borneo, Malawi, Niger, Syria, Peru, Iran, Bangladesh, Paraguay, Gabon, Uruguay, Ukraine, and Zambia.

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.