Marie-Hélène Carleton


Marie-Hélène Carleton is a writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker. 

Her writing and photography has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times online, the Financial Times, as well as the Financial Times Magazine and, Der Spiegel, l’Espresso, Die Ziet, and the Associated Press. Her writing and photography have also appeared in the books The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, published by Abrams in 2005 and Water Culture published by Trolley, 2003.  Her reporting for the Financial Times Magazine, Deep Divide, has been named an Official Honoree for the 2009 Webby Awards, and her video work for the Financial Times won a 2008 SABEW award.

Marie-Hélène is currently in post-production on her first feature-length documentary film, The Road to Nasiriyah, about the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq. Wider Film Projects, who were executive producers on the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary feature by Alex Gibney, Taxi to the Dark Side, are producers on The Road to Nasiriyah.  Her film was selected to participate in this year’s IFP Independent Filmmaker Lab.

Her first book, American Hostage, co-authored with Micah Garen and published by Simon and Schuster in October, 2005, received starred reviews in both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.

Marie-Hélène speaks frequently about her knowledge and experience as documentary filmmaker and journalist and her work in Iraq, including her experience with Micah Garen’s kidnapping and his release.

Marie-Hélène has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, a segment which was nominated for an Emmy. She has been interviewed about Iraq on National Public Radio, MSNBC Hardball, Democracy Now, and Good Morning America, among others. Marie- Hélène has lectured about Iraq, women in Iraq and hostage-taking at Yale University, The Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Indiana and New York University, among others.

She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a BA in Political Science and a BA in French Literature and was Phi Beta Kappa. She holds an MA degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations (SAIS) where she focused on refugee studies. With Micah Garen, Marie-Hélène founded Four Corners Media and has worked extensively overseas in conflict and post-conflict regions including Iraq, Lebanon, southeastern Turkey and Pakistan.

Marie-Hélène has been awarded artist fellowships at the artist residencies of Ucross and the MacDowell Colony.  She is a member of the Overseas Press Club, the PEN American Center, the National Press Photographers Association and the IFP (Independent Feature Project).

Most recently, Marie-Hélène participated in Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller’s exhibition about Iraq at The New Museum in New York City entitled “It Is What It Is.”