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Deborah Perkin

Documentary Film Making


a tears to triumph tale of one Moroccan woman’s fight against poverty and prejudice to legitimise her child

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Deborah PerkinAn experienced and award-winning documentary film maker who has worked as producer/director, series producer, executive producer, and development head in television, radio and online. Her documentaries “have always been of the highest standard, both intellectually and visually”, wrote Richard Klein, ITV Director of Factual and former Controller of BBC4.

She embraces the quick, the dead and the quirky, from criminal psychology on BBC1 in My Son the Killer, to archaeology on BBC2 in China’s Terracotta Army, to mental health on BBC3 in My 22 Stone Dad and Skinny Me, to music on BBC4 in Quincy Jones: The Many Lives of Q.

Deborah left the BBC after 15 years, to make Bastards, a feature length independent documentary, in association with the Film Agency for Wales. She and her collaborator Nora Fakim shared a room in a Casablanca slum for eight weeks, living amongst their film subjects – feisty single mothers fighting for justice for their outcast children, using Morocco’s radical new laws.

She lives in Cardiff, Wales, UK and her company is called Deborah Perkin Media Ltd.

Alongside her professional life, she has always made time for voluntary work in education and equality, and has strong strategic, managerial and governance skills. She is a Governor of the University of South Wales, a Welsh government appointed member of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Chair of the Moroccan Children’s Trust  a British registered charity working with a Moroccan partner charity on safeguarding children and securing ID papers for every child.

Deborah is married to an NHS Intensive Care Consultant and they have a son and a daughter.

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March 27, 2015

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Bastards touring Turkey

Delighted to report that Bastards  has been selected by two Turkish women’s film festivals, the International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels, and the Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in Ankara in May. Filmmor...

March 2, 2015

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Bastards in Nottingham, The Hague, Haverfordwest, Salisbury and Ankara

Bastards continues to enjoy screenings in the UK and around the world. Two screenings on International Women’s Day, and more coming up …. Sunday 8 March     Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, UK Sunday 8 March     Arab Women’s...

September 11, 2014

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On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 it’s a good moment to report on the interfaith haven that is the International Festival of Muslim Cinema, taking place now in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic...

July 6, 2014

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Bastards at Film Festivals

It was a great honour for my film Bastards to be selected to open Morocco’s international documentary festival Fidadoc in April. Lamia Faridi, the heroic lawyer who features in the film, came with me to...

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