The Selfless Sikh: Faith on the Frontline

The Selfless Sikh: Faith on the Frontline, observational documentary, BBC Studios, 2016. Sharron Ward filmed and directed this observational documentary following Ravi Singh, and his NGO Khalsa Aid, who every month feed and provide shelter for over 400 Yazidi IDPs in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. The film features horrifying testimony of Yazidi women who were brutally beaten and raped, held captive as “sex slaves” by ISIS and documents the genocide that was committed against this ethnic […]

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Grenfell

Grenfell, feature-length documentary, Minnow Films, BBC One, 2017 This 90-minute documentary brings together the powerful human stories from the Grenfell Tower fire, drawing on the collective testimonies of the men, women and children at the centre of one of the most devastating events in British history.  Sharron Ward was one of the key members of the documentary team filming for months in the aftermath of the fire in this landmark, feature-length film. Directed by Ben […]

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Grenfell: The First 24 Hours

Grenfell: The First 24 Hours, documentary, Mentorn Media, ITV1, 2017 Marking the first anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy, this one-off special focused on the survivors’ stories, eyewitness accounts and a firefighter, piecing together the timeline of the tragic events that unfolded.  Sharron Ward negotiated access to sensitive and traumatized contributors, oversaw compliance, editorial policy, archive clearance and worked on location for all master interviews. The film aired to 1.7 million viewers. Narrated by Sophie Okenado, […]

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Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with ISIS

Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with ISIS, documentary, Insight TWI, BBC3, 2017. Sharron Ward edit directed this observational documentary following Shireen, a Yazidi survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS. She re-visited the site of her captivity in Iraq and confronted an ISIS fighter who confessed to killing and raping Yazidis on an industrial scale. Edit Director: Sharron Ward, Producer: Helen Spooner, Filmed & Directed by Josh Baker, Executive Producer: Ron McCullagh. An Insight […]

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How Police Missed the Grindr Killer

How Police Missed the Grindr Killer, documentary, BBC TV Current Affairs, BBC3, 2017 Sharron Ward was the AP/Journalist investigating the serious police failings in the Stephen Port gay serial killer case. Stephen Port drugged, raped and murdered 4 young gay men in Barking, Essex. For over a year police failed to properly investigate the deaths of these men and link them to a serial killer. This shocking film tells the definitive story of how the […]

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Lesbos SOS

Lesbos SOS, observational documentary for Channel 4 News, Katalyst Productions, 2015. An observational documentary profiling the humbling humanitarian response to the European refugee crisis on the island of Lesbos by a British family, The Kempsons, who single-handedly responded to refugees arriving on their doorstep.  For months they struggled to give the most basic of humanitarian assistance to thousands of desperate refugees who arrived  in make-shift dinghies from Turkey.  The film is a portrait of ordinary […]

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Syria: Hidden War on Women

Syria: Hidden War on Women, short documentary for Channel 4 News, Katalyst Productions, 2015 As the Syrian war entered its fifth year, the pressures on displaced families caused a dramatic rise in violence against women.  But domestic abuse is a taboo subject in Syrian society, and the true scale of the problem is largely unknown.  Violence against women is the “hidden war on women” in Syria. Sharron Ward gained rare access to brave Syrian refugee […]

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Syria: Brides for Sale

Syria: Brides for Sale, short documentary for Channel 4 News, Katalyst Productions, 2013. This short investigative documentary exposed the plight of Syrian refugee women who were sexually exploited, raped, trafficked and forced into child marriage in the world’s second largest refugee camp – Zaatari in Jordan.  The growing crisis of the Syrian civil war resulted in an influx of Syrian refugees across the border to Jordan – and aid agencies such as UNHCR and UNICEF […]

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Israel vs Israel

Israel vs Israel, observational documentary for AJ+/Al Jazeera America, Katalyst Productions, 2014. A short observational documentary profiling the Jewish-Israeli left in Tel Aviv who opposed the war and siege on Gaza.  But being an antiwar activist in Israel is dangerous. During the summer of 2014, Israeli lefties held numerous anti-war demonstrations, but were routinely beaten up, insulted and sent death threats by ultra-right wing nationalists.  Some even lost their jobs. Yoav Eliassi, also known as […]

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The Circle of Hell: Tahrir Bodyguard

The Circle of Hell: Tahrir Bodyguard, observational documentry, Katalyst Productions, 2013. “The Circle of Hell” was the name given to the modus operandi of Egyptian men who used dancing circles in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution to trap and then attack, rape and sexually assault women. Tahrir Bodyguard was one Egyptian woman’s answer to try and stop attacks happening during the Revolution.  Sharron Ward followed Soraya Bahgat and the brave male and female Egyptian […]

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