Podcast: Four Women, One Revolution | Granta Magazine

Podcast: Four Women, One Revolution

Various Contributors

‘They talk about how they came to join the protests; how they used online networks to mobilize people and spread information; and how the events in their country revolutionized their own attitudes as citizens.’

Micah Garen

Micah Garen is a writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer who has worked in conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, southern Lebanon and Egypt. His writing and photography have been published in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, The Financial Times Magazine and The Associated Press, among others.

His documentary film work has appeared in the New York Times, BBC, FT, APTN, PBS, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. His critically acclaimed first book, American Hostage, a memoir about his time as a hostage in Iraq in 2004, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. He is currently in post-production on three feature-length documentaries; The Road to Nasiriyah, a film about the looting of archaeological sites in southern Iraq, Pashtunistan, a film about the war in southern Afghanistan, and a film about the Egyptian revolution.

Micah Garen has received fellowships from writing and film from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, The Independent Film Project, and Film Independent. Micah Garen founded Four Corners Media with his partner Marie-Hélène Carleton in 2000. He lives in Brooklyn with Marie-Hélène and their dog Zeugma.

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Horacio Castellanos Moya

Horacio Castellanos Moya is a writer from El Salvador, author of nine novels and five short story collections. His books have been translated into nine languages. He worked twelve years as a journalist in Mexico City. He has also lived in Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala, Spain and Germany, where he spent two years in a program for writers supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair. Currently he is living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His books translated into English are Senselessnes, The She-Devil in the Mirror and Dance with Snakes. New Directions will publish his new novel, Tyrant Memory, on June 2011.

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Anne Carson

Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist and translator. In 1998 she was a Guggenheim Fellow and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Her poetry collection, The Beauty of the Husband, won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2001. Anne Carson's Nox (New Directions) was published in April 2010 and is currently working (with Bianca Stone) on a graphic novel of Sophocles' Antigone.

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Marie-Hélène Carleton

Marie-Hélène Carleton is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and writer. She is currently completing her first feature-length documentary film about the destruction of culture in Iraq as a result of the war, and the passionate efforts to protect the archaeological sites from looters. The film is being executive produced by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by the Oscar-winning team, Wider Film Projects. Her short films have appeared online for The New York Times, Newsweek and the Financial Times. Her three part online documentary for the Financial Times was a 2009 Webby Honoree.

She is co-author of the critically acclaimed memoir American Hostage, published by Simon and Schuster in 2005. A CBS Sunday Morning segment about her and her partner Micah Garen's experience and film work in Iraq was an Emmy nominee. A co-founder of the media production company Four Corners Media, she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and has been award fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was selected to participate in the inaugural 2011 Film Independent Documentary Lab in LA, as well as the 2009 IFP Documentary Film Lab.

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