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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us
— Gandalf

FILMS

Field Producer, BBC Panorama, Kony: The Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Somewhere in the vast, dense jungles of central Africa, is hidden Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men. For the past 25 years, Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army have waged one of the continent's darkest conflicts; using an army of abducted and brutalised children to kill and maim tens of thousands of people. But how has one man, said to take his orders from the spirit world, managed to escape capture for so long? In the wake of the infamous 'Kony 2012' internet campaign to bring him to justice this year, Bafta-winning reporter, Sorious Samura, investigates the myths surrounding Kony and travels to the front line of the fight to bring one of Africa's most bizarre and brutal leaders to justice.  

Field Producer, BBC Panorama, Kony: The Hunt for the World's Most Wanted

Somewhere in the vast, dense jungles of central Africa, is hidden Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted men. For the past 25 years, Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army have waged one of the continent's darkest conflicts; using an army of abducted and brutalised children to kill and maim tens of thousands of people. But how has one man, said to take his orders from the spirit world, managed to escape capture for so long? In the wake of the infamous 'Kony 2012' internet campaign to bring him to justice this year, Bafta-winning reporter, Sorious Samura, investigates the myths surrounding Kony and travels to the front line of the fight to bring one of Africa's most bizarre and brutal leaders to justice.

 

Subject, Last Great Escape, CBC's Fifth Estate North Korea is among the world's most mysterious and secretive countries. The little we know comes from desperate souls who risk everything escaping overland in search of a new life. Many are captured in China and sent back home to an uncertain future. But a few somehow manage to make it all the way to Canada. The Last Great Escape is the story of two courageous individuals who fled a life of privation and fear and survived to tell the tale. Their stories come to life in special animation designed for the fifth estate.

Subject, Last Great Escape, CBC's Fifth Estate

North Korea is among the world's most mysterious and secretive countries. The little we know comes from desperate souls who risk everything escaping overland in search of a new life. Many are captured in China and sent back home to an uncertain future. But a few somehow manage to make it all the way to Canada. The Last Great Escape is the story of two courageous individuals who fled a life of privation and fear and survived to tell the tale. Their stories come to life in special animation designed for the fifth estate.

 

Recent

Marie Claire, Caroline Langlade spent three-and-a-half hours trapped in the Bataclan as terrorists stormed the theatre, killing 90 people. It remains the most deadly terrorist atrocity in France’s history. One year on, she talks about learning to love life again

Marie Claire, When ISIS soldiers invaded her village, Badia Hassan Ahmed was abducted and enslaved, forced to be the bride of an ISIS commander. Throughout her entire ordeal, Badia shielded her 3 year old nephew. Today she speaks publicly about the war, the plight of refugees and living with trauma.  

Marie Claire, Tala Raasi survived 40 lashings at the age of 16 in Tehran Iran. Her crime: wearing a mini skirt and make up, dancing, listening to pop music and socializing with boys in a private home. Today she is one of the most successful swimsuit designers in the world and has started a movement championing that Fashion is Freedom. 

Marie Claire, Angeline Jackson was discriminated against and 'correctively' raped in Jamaica, one of  71 countries that bans forms of homosexuality. Fiercely courageous, Angeline refused to remain silent and today is one of the world's leading LGBT activists, with President Obama calling her a hero.

GlamourThe Truth Teller - Hyeonseo Lee.

Elle, Reyhaneh Jabbari's last words 

Marie Claire, Last October, Ji Hyun Park, a Manchester mother, gave one of the leading testimonies at the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. The report’s findings charged North Korea and its leader with human rights abuses. Here, in an exclusive interview, she gives a rare insight into life for women in this secretive, brutal dictatorship. By Susan McClelland, Marie Claire (UK)

 

 

 

Narrator and subject in the Nanny Business, Global Currents, produced by SHelley Saywell The Nanny Business explores the domestic labour market that brings over 5,000 women to Canada every year to serve as caregivers. These women, mostly escaping poverty in the Philippines, need to support the families they have left behind. The nannies arrive in Canada under the government’s ‘Live-In Caregiver Program’ that gives them temporary visas, but stipulates that they must spend a minimum of two-years working and living in the homes of Canadian families before they can qualify for residency status. For many of these women that two-year period becomes a nightmare of long and gruelling workdays, below minimum wages and verbal or physical abuse.

Narrator and subject in the Nanny Business, Global Currents, produced by SHelley Saywell

The Nanny Business explores the domestic labour market that brings over 5,000 women to Canada every year to serve as caregivers. These women, mostly escaping poverty in the Philippines, need to support the families they have left behind. The nannies arrive in Canada under the government’s ‘Live-In Caregiver Program’ that gives them temporary visas, but stipulates that they must spend a minimum of two-years working and living in the homes of Canadian families before they can qualify for residency status. For many of these women that two-year period becomes a nightmare of long and gruelling workdays, below minimum wages and verbal or physical abuse.

Award Winning Stories

Nanny's Other Family

Canada's live-in caregiver immigration program may not be good for the kids
by Susan McClelland
The Walrus Magazine
 

Cut Both Ways

Winner,  Amnesty International Media Award for excellence in human rights reporting.
Ninety percent of women in Sierra Leone have undergone female circumcision as part of a coming-of-age ritual. Its detractors call the tradition traumatic and say it can lead to sexual dysfunction and complications during childbirth. So why are some of the practice’s strongest defenders women?
By Susan McClelland
 

Unusual Suspects

Finalist, Canadian Association of Journalists Investigative Reporting Award, 2007 After months of speculation that they murdered an Ontario couple at a Mexican resort, Cheryl Everall and Kimberly Kim give Susan McClelland an exclusive glimpse into their bizarre plight.
Chatelaine
 

Nanny Abuse

Winner 2005 Amnesty International Media Award Finalist, Canadian Association of Journalists, Investigative Reporting Award, 2006 By Susan McClelland
The Walrus
 

Sad Little Girls

Finalist, Canadian Association of Journalists, Investigative Reporting Award, 2004
In Cambodia, SUSAN McCLELLAND reports on a thriving child-sex trade
Maclean's
 

Drug Mules

Transporting narcotics seems the answer to their problems, reports SUSAN MCCLELLAND. Big mistake. By Susan McClelland
MacLean's
 

The Mail-Order Bride Business

First comes marriage, reports SUSAN McCLELLAND. Then -- maybe -- comes love.
Maclean's, October 28, 2002
 

Who's my birth father?

Canadians conceived with donated sperm are demanding to know their genetic roots -- but Ottawa isn't making it easy.
Maclean's, May 20, 2002
 

Inside the Sex Trade

Trafficking in foreign prostitutes is one of the fastest-growing illicit activities in the world. Welcome to a hidden Canada -- and lives of quiet desperation.
Maclean's, December 03, 2001
 

Animal Wrongs

National Magazine Award Honourable Mention, 2002 The growing trade in animals, some of them rare species, poses dangers to public health and safety--and to the animals themselves
Maclean's, January 22, 2001