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Jade Jackman is young documentary filmmaker and photographer. Her work has taken her to shoot with female journalists in Afghanistan, to be led through Mexico City by blind photographers and to the front of too many protests. Recently, she won a film grant from Sheffield DocFest & JUSTSO Films to make a film about the women who live in a place where shooting is illegal. In the midst of a business park in Bedfordshire, you'll find Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Slotted in amongst the stocky offices of cement and the tall street lights that curve ominously towards the sky, you'd be forgiven for not noticing the 400 women that live between them; you weren't meant to... Through phone calls, we document the reality of being a female asylum seeker inside Yarls Wood detention centre. It can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/204234621 She likes to take a creative approach to contemporary political issues and likes truths that feel stranger than fiction. She is particularly interested in women's rights, borders and the justice system. But, she'd love a commission on small dogs. She was one of the first grantees of the creative docfund between JUST SO films and Sheffield DocFest. Additionally, she was one of the 2016 One World Media Grantees. Her work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the East End Film Festival, the Tate and British Film Institute. She has worked for, or featured on, Refinery29, Huck magazine, i-D magazine, Dazed & Confused, El Tiempo, Index on Censorship & others. She is passionate about democratising the mainstream media and issues pertaining to representation. This led her and some friends to co-found Eye Want Change. She is currently living between London & Madrid.Locked Pro Plan feature
About: Sahar Speaks was founded in 2015, in order to equip Afghan female journalists with the skills, networking and publishing opportunities needed to give them a voice in international media. The project was developed in 2014 by British-American journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman during her John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, in response to the lack of Afghan women working for the foreign media outlets in Kabul. The first round was successfully completed in June 2016, when the multimedia work of 12 participants was published in the Huffington Post, marking the first time a global media outlet featured the work of so many Afghan female reporters. Their compelling reportage offered an intriguing and rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women today, stories that only Afghan women can unlock and have access to. I was hired on a freelance basis to teach filmmaking to the women in Kabul.
I contributed to Dazed Digital and work between text, video and photos. For Dazed, I have covered the refugee protest, the #dontbombSyria protest, an housing occupation and done a mixture of written arts / culture interviews. I still contribute to Dazed on a freelance basis.
Master's Degree, Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Bachelor's degree, Law and Anthropology. Founded a human rights society, written regularly for the LSE paper, worked in an editorial position for the Clare Market Review
Won a film bursary to shoot a short film in Mexico City.
About: The Just So Film Fund in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest. The Just So Film Fund supports the next generation of filmmakers and champions creativity within short form documentary. In this narrow but crowded space, we know how hard it is for filmmakers to find & develop a creative voice. This is an opportunity to experiment, to push the boundaries, to think about the way films are told & present true life in bold and innovative ways. We will award 12 grants to filmmakers with untold stories and will also provide those films with a home on the Postcards platform. The brief is simple: short form documentary ideas (1-5 minutes aprx.) that concern themselves with form and not just content. My film "Calling Home" premiered on VICE / i-D in 2017 and was about the women that the British government doesn't want you to see...