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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 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 and has recently become a board member of the Moroccan Children’s Trust.

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


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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...

March 21, 2014

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Fallen men, fallen women

In all the discussion of World War I, its heroism and its futility, a word is often used to describe the soldiers who died. They are the fallen. Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) memorably describes them in...

January 28, 2014

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Start by looking into the bedroom, if you want to know a people…

…says Shereen El Feki in her excellent TED talk. I recommend it!

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