WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Dr. John Chua is a filmmaker, academic, journalist and explorer who lives in France. He spent 10 years as a professor and university lecturer in Britain. During this time, John Chua became the first to research and document the existence of female genital mutilation as an indigenous practice across all inhabitable continents, exposing an irrational and often secret tradition. He traveled globally for this project, including the Russian Caucasus, Middle East conflict zones, Southeast Asia, South America, and the American Midwest, to gather interviews with FGM survivors, cutters, doctors and experts. The resulting documentary Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide shows conclusively that for centuries FGM exists across religions and races. John Chua has produced documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and Guardian News.
Throughout this extraordinary time researching FGM, he made his media projects free to watch. Some of the above major media outlets selected and acquired his FGM films but did not pay for them; he firmly believes his investigative exposés are so important that they should be widely seen. They should not reside behind a paywall as it would be a disservice to the global informational campaign to end FGM. Some of his short films were incorporated into his feature-length Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide, which is now distributed by Gravitas/Red Arrow/ProSieben and also available free to watch on Fox's AVOD platform TubiTV and on library streaming service Kanopy.
However, much of his FGM research did not appear in his films. He is working on a book that covers more about his ten-year odyssey of global investigative research. He signed a book contract with Lever Press, an academic publisher newly created by the University of Michigan and Amherst College Press that focuses on publishing peer-reviewed open-access research. As this book will be available for free, he hopes that concerned citizens will crowdfund his work by donating to support his efforts via this link.
Mark Grasso has a career of some three decades as a media, entertainment, film & broadcast technology executive. A 20-year voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) as well as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), he has been involved in numerous film and broadcast projects around the world. As Managing Director of Citizen Reporting LLC, a production/development media company with a focus on documentaries and original production, and as Co-Producer of Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide, he brings global awareness about FGM.