WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Dr. John Chua is a filmmaker, academic, journalist and explorer. He spent 10 years as a professor and university lecturer in Britain. During this time, John Chua became the first person 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 has travelled 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 many centuries FGM exists across religions and races. John Chua has also produced documentaries for the BBC, PBS and Guardian News Media. During his graduate studies, John Chua worked at the art auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s and was a museum consultant.
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 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