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Filmmaker to Empower Girls Through Reporting

Hundreds of Fans Vote on Final Project Idea 


It's official: Iranian-American documentary filmmaker Bita Haidarian, who decided to give her fans a deciding voice in her new initiative, will be empowering women in various countries by recruiting them to act as reporters in their home regions.   


The project idea beat nineteen others over several weeks of online voting, which drew more than 300 participants.  It's all part of Finding Bibi, a fledgling organization driven by the upcoming documentary film of the same name.   


Haidarian says the exact details have yet to be worked out, but that she hopes to have it off the ground and running by the fall.  "In the meantime," she notes, "we have a  lot to do."  In addition editing a final cut of Finding Bibi the film, Haidarian and her team will devote much of their time to obtaining the resources needed to finish the film and to making the reporter idea a reality.   


Haidarian admits that it may seem a bit strange to encourage reporting in the midst of such a slump in the media industry, but job training this project is not.  Bita claims that they are "working to bridge the gap between east and west by giving girls on each side the opportunity to tell their stories directly to an audience on the other." 


She drew mild criticism for her democratic approach, which some found gimmicky.  "We weren't building an permanent democracy here, we're creating an organization that reflects the fans of the film, people who may not get regularly involved in these issues but would be inspired to give it a try by the film."  By giving their votes authority early on, she's already shown a growing number of fans that her approach might work.


The website,, also features updates on the film and its most recent trailer, as well as regular blog posts on the constantly innovating organization. 




If you would like more information about Finding Bibi the film or movement, please direct all questions to Todd Brogan at

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