Since 2009 Karen was working on a documentary in Afghanistan. Her intentions for this piece of work were as follows:
".. to use the medium of healthcare to provide an in-road for people outside of Afghanistan to come on a journey with me as I explain what I am seeing. The access that a doctor or healthcare professional has to a community is unlike that available to a journalist; the trust and conversations are different. The insight is through the lens of birth and death, of loss and disability, and reflects every aspect of the consequences of conflict on individuals and on their community. The loss of nearly all elements of the infrastructure of a country; security, governance, education, transport, clean water, sanitation and power, are all visible in the health of the people"
Unfortunately, due to Karen's untimely and tragic death, she was not able to complete the documentary.
Not wanting to see the footage Karen had taken go to waste, Karen's family and friends contacted Century Films, an independent production company with a reputation for creating compelling, intelligent and sincere documentaries.
Exploring Karen's motivations and incorporating Karen's own footage, along side new footage, Century Films created a documentary which was broadcast on ITV. The film was extremely well received by audiences and critics alike.
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