About This Project
Between Good & Evil reveals and interweaves two parallel stories of terrifying abductions and abuses of women: the 2014 Chibok, Nigeria kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, and the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian journalist Mellissa Fung by terrorists in Afghanistan.
The stories develop simultaneously as Mellissa meets Nigerian girls who been kidnapped and held as sex slaves by Boko Haram. Each story is unraveled together, but through different lenses and POVs. The Boko Haram story is in the 1 st person – Mellissa’s investigative documentary of the events that lead up the infamous Chibok kidnappings, and what happened since.
We will follow the struggles of the girls to find acceptance and survive with no support after they are freed from captivity, and learn more about the girls who have still not come back. Mellissa’s story is in the 3 rd person – breaking ‘the 4 th wall’, we observe her working in the field in Nigeria. We capture her raw, honest emotions as she investigates a horrific story that mirrors so many of her experiences in Afghanistan.
She’ll candidly recount the details of her kidnapping, and relate them to the story she’s gathering in Nigeria, all while letting us into her personal thoughts and fears about her own safety. With this ‘double coverage, we will capture the pain and struggles of the girls who open up to Mellissa, and her own emotions to the story as it unfolds.
Visually raw, yet starkly beautiful, terrifying yet inspiring, Between Good & Evil will give viewers exclusive access to a gut-wrenching story, from a perspective never seen before.
Mellissa Fung is a veteran correspondent and best-selling author. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and also produced the award-winning documentaries Canada’s Ugly Secret and No Country for Horses. Her best-selling first book, Under an Afghan Sky, chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008. In the last several years, Fung has turned her attention to human rights reporting, returning to Afghanistan several times to continue reporting on the challenges that continue to exist there, particularly for women and children. In addition to the CBC, her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Walrus, The Toronto Star, GlobalPost, and PBS, among other publications. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Gracie Award, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association award, the New York Festivals Gold award, RTNDA awards, and Canadian Association of Journalists awards. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Global Reporting Centre
Laurie Few is a journalist with 27 years experience in news and current affairs, primarily producing long form, multi-platform investigative and social issues stories. Most recently, she spent six years as Executive Producer building the multi-award winning national news and current affairs show, 16×9 that aired on Global Television. Laurie managed all aspects of the show’s 15 one hour episodes per season, including journalistic content, broadcast and editorial standards, and show budget. In her years running the show, Laurie also developed and mentored a team of 21 young producers, editors and camera crews. Laurie’s exacting standards and visual production sense created a strong brand identity for 16×9 that was recognized with multiple industry awards including the Canadian Screen Award for Best News and Information Series in 2016. Prior to running 16×9 Laurie was a producer for CTV’s investigative program, W5, for 11 years. Laurie started her journalism career in 1990 when she was hired out of Carleton University’s Journalism MA program by CTV National News, where she was then a producer for 10 years. Currently, Laurie was hired to develop, launch and produce Canada’s only foreign affairs show, Perspective with Alison Smith, airing on CPAC. Laurie was a practicing lawyer prior to switching to a career in journalism.
Brennan Leffler is a multiple award-winning Canadian journalist, producer and field director with a passion for storytelling. Brennan’s career spans 14 years, most recently six years producing documentaries for Global Television’s flagship national investigative program 16×9. Brennan’s story “Contamination Nation” was part of 16×9’s Canadian Screen Award winning submission for Best News or Information Program in 2016, the most prestigious award in Canadian news and current affairs. In his role as story producer, Brennan was responsible for pitching, researching, interviewing, field directing, structuring, writing, producing edits and digital content for online consumption, delivering visually rich, hard-hitting, and gripping stories – on time and on budget. Brennan won the Best Short Form Audio-Video award from Amnesty International in 2014 for his story about the infamous gang rape of Jyoti Singh in India. In the same year, Brennan was awarded with the Best English Electronic award from Beyond Borders for an investigation that broke the story of one of Canada’s worst pedophiles. Brennan also won the Lifestyle/Practical Information Gemini Award in 2011 for an expose about the security flaws inherent in chip card technology. Brennan’s work
has taken him to four continents, including Africa, where he was a radio journalism trainer for a year in Kumasi, Ghana. Brennan holds a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BA in Political Science with a focus in international relations from Simon Fraser University.