About: Sarah Begum | #1 Female Inspirational
A Fellow of the Royal Geographical, Sarah Begum is an Immersive Investigative Journalist, Anthropologist-Explorer and Public Speaker. Sarah has been exploring the world, studying tribes and different ways of life whilst investigating current affairs and making a humanitarian effort to help people along the way through her work.
In 2010, Sarah Begum travelled deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, where she lived with the Huaorani tribe and immersed in their way of life, hunting with warriors, gathering with women whilst investigating into the impacts of oil exploitation on their land. On this expedition, Sarah was made Queen and married to a warrior to create an alliance and send their message about protecting their land through her film. Sarah became the youngest person to make a first film in the Amazon jungle at the age of 21 with a premiere of “Amazon Souls” held at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The film has been endorsed by rainforest charities Sky Rainforest Rescue, Rainforest Alliance, celebrity Adventurer Bear Grylls and has released on various platforms worldwide.
Sarah’s achievements include winning the “Spirit of Adventure Award” from the Captain Scott Society 2014 for her next big expedition, “Life In The Darien Gap”, shortlisted by the SES (Scientific Exploration Society) Explorer of the year Award 2014, Finalist of the National Geographic Explorer Award, Finalist of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award 2014, highly commended by The Adventure Fund in association with Sidetracked magazine.
Sarah Begum photography aired on the Discovery Channel of a photo she took with a woman from the Berber tribe who adopted her in the Atlas Mountains. Sarah has investigated into the mafia system in rural Sicily and how it has changed since the anti-mafia movement. She has stepped into the underworld of Poland’s most dangerous football hooligan gangs to understand what divides them.
Undercover filming in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Sarah Begum gained an insight into the professional and personal life of a prostitute from an exclusive interview. Exploring the USA, Sarah Begum captured stories from the Native Americans about how alcohol, gambling and unemployment created a lost nation in the modern world and is set to release a book about her epic journey. In Bangladesh, Sarah witnessed spiritual possessions, exorcisms, forced marriages and challenged gender barriers setting standards for the new generation of Bengali women.
Sarah has survived in some of the most dangerous cities in the world. In Caracas, Venezuela, Sarah worked as a Broadcast Journalist, presenting international current affairs for an English TV channel whilst surviving the city. Sarah Begum returned to the murder capital of the world to film undercover in Latin America’s largest and most dangerous slums and to investigate how social, economic and political issues have impacted life in Caracas. Sarah released her report, “Surviving Caracas” just before the elections in Venezuela in December 2015.
In February 2014, Sarah collaborated with a World Award Winning body painter and came up with the idea to create, “Adventurion 3D-360 , confirmed by the Guinness World Records as the first ever adventure themed 3D UV chromadepth bodypaint to be captured on both linear and 360 camera lens, representing the past, present and future of exploration, filmed at Pinewood Studios.
Sarah trains in martial arts and is an activist for environmental, human and women’s rights, fighting to shine light upon issues internationally. Her humanitarian work includes delivering workshops on entrepreneurship to students in colleges and universities across Ethiopia to create sustainable businesses thus boosting the economy. When Typhoon Haiyan took the Philippines by storm in 2013, Sarah made a documentary about the survivors whilst rescuing the village of Lanao with aid. It was aired on Sky and raised enough money to rebuild the entire village. She helped transform a wine plantation to an eco farm in rural Sicily whilst dodging an active volcano and surviving an earthquake.
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At the age of 9, Sarah Begum learned about deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest and at 21, she followed her childhood dream to embark on an adventure in the jungle where she lives with the Huaorani tribe, hunting and gathering with warriors and was initiated by the tribe as Queen and married to a warrior to create an alliance and spread the message about protecting their land from exploitation. Sarah talks about her adventure, the Huaorani men and women’s roles in the jungles, their traditional tasks from hunting to weaving and the various species of plants and animals which play a big part in their daily lives.
Sarah survived the ‘Murder Capital of the World’ where she was a News Anchor for a government channel turned undercover journalist to expose the injustice in the country. She lived like a local in a dictatorship suffering from hyperinflation, high crime rates, four different exchange rates including the black market, shortage of essential products and survived the system and the streets her own tactical way. She talks about life in Caracas for the everyday resident from the teacher to the lawyer, the student to the expat.
Road Trip Through Native America
Sarah Begum embarked on an epic road trip through 18 states in the Mid West, USA in search of Native American culture and heritage. Sarah shares stories from various Natives she met at the Pow Wow which shaped her decision to explore more. She takes us on a journey through the USA from the bull fighters trying to make a living in the Navajo reservation, the alcoholics looking for better paid jobs to the historic Trail of Tears, which ended at Fort Gibson – one of the places Sarah was given special access to archive letters and an abandoned hospital used for the cavalry at the time. Sarah gives us insight into the unique cultures of each of the tribes from their creation theory to their symbolic dances and the current issues they are faced with.
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