Bulgarian-American filmmaker Chakarova spent years as a photojournalist. She traveled the world to shoot in conflict zones, pointing her lens most often at human rights abuses.
And while she became quite distinguished in photography, she always wanted to be a filmmaker. Why wasn't she one? The roadblock, as for many other women in the business, was money.
“I did not come from a family with money,” Chakarova told No Film School. “I couldn't raise the budgets required to direct and then to bring on other folks. So I became a photographer.”
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