BBC Our world Documentary: Pregnant and in Chains


In the UAE, strict laws surround sex outside marriage. Prisons are filled with women who have fallen pregnant whilst unmarried, at times due to abuse.
This report looks at the fates of vulnerable women sentenced under UAE law, their pregnancy used as evidence of their crime.

Mandolin Media

Paul, Mandolin Media's Director of Photography, worked with the BBC Arabic production team and located a key character, featured in the film, whom he arranged to be interviewed and filmed.

After working for several weeks he identified a suitable character and made contact. She eventually agreed to be filmed and interviewed, and Paul travelled to the Philippines to interview and film the character, her children and the Philippines. He also provided some supporting footage of the UAE and research. 

The film was screened at the BBC Arabic Film Festival in London and aired on BBC Our World television programme.