Dorothy Fadiman

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Dorothy Fadiman
Born (1939-06-03) June 3, 1939 (age 81)
OccupationFilmmaker, director, producer
Spouse(s)James Fadiman

Dorothy Fadiman (born June 3, 1939 in Pennsylvania) is an American documentary filmmaker, director, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Fadiman was raised in Pennsylvania.


Fadiman attended University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, and received an MA from Stanford University.


Since 1976, Fadiman has been producing documentaries with a focus on social justice and human rights.

Fadiman had an illegal abortion in 1962 after becoming pregnant while at Stanford University. She was blindfolded throughout the procedure, hemorrhaged and ended up on the intensive care ward of Stanford hospital. Fadiman's abortion experience was the catalyst behind making the documentary film: When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories.[1] The film was nominated for an OSCAR in the Best Documentary Short category in 1993.[2]


Other Projects[edit]

  • Producing with Passion: Making Films That Change the World (2008) with Tony Levelle, ISBN 978-1932907445
  • Open Secret: The Poetry of Rumi (1989 and 1993) with Coleman Barks


  • OSCAR nomination, Best Documentary Short.[5][6] (1992)
  • Emmy Award (1996)
  • Gold Medal, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY, Atlanta International Film/Video Festival
  • Critics Choice Award, Broadcast Film Critics
  • "FREDDIE," The International Medical Media Award[7]
  • Gold Hugo, The Chicago International Film Festival
  • BEST TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY, The EMMA, Exceptional Merit Media Award, National Women's Political Caucus
  • Gold Apple, National Educational Media Festival
  • BRONZE CHRIS, Columbus International Film Festival
  • BLUE RIBBON, American Film and Video Festival
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY, The "Joeys" San Jose Film Festival
  • SILVER PLAQUE, Chicago Film Festival
  • BRONZE STAR, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival
  • SILVER APPLE, National Educational Film and Video Festival
  • GOLD MEDAL, Religious Educators Media Award
  • CHRIS AWARD, Columbus Film Festival
  • FIRST PRIZE, Whole Life Expo Media Festival/San Francisco
  • GOLD MEDAL, Virgin Islands/Miami International Film Festival
  • FIRST PLACE AWARD, Bilbao Film International Film Festival (Spain)

Personal life[edit]

Fadiman's husband is James Fadiman, a psychologist and published author. They have two children, Renee Fadiman and Maria Fadiman.


  1. ^ "WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL: Untold Stories". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ "The 65th Academy Awards | 1993". | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  3. ^ "World peace on the grassroots level". Palo Alto Weekly Online. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "World Peace Is A Local Issue". United Nations Film Festival. Retrieved Nov 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "NY Times: When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories". NY Times. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  6. ^ "The 65th Academy Awards | 1993". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "WOMAN BY WOMAN: NEW HOPE FOR THE VILLAGES OF INDIA". October 2002. Retrieved May 3, 2012.

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