YouTube & Global Fund for Women Team for New Docuseries


In time for International Women’s Day, YouTube and the Global Fund for Women are set to launch Fundamental. Gender Justice. No Exceptions, a new docuseries exploring human rights around the world.

The five-episode series, directed by two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness), is slated to premiere on March 4 on Refinery29’s official YouTube channel. YouTube and the Global Fund for Women have also recently unveiled the official trailer for the series.

Fundamental. Gender Justice. No Exceptions follows dynamic activists from five countries who are disrupting the status quo and radically altering the course of history, asking “What does it really look like to be a feminist leader in 2020?” Fundamental is a character-driven documentary series that invites global audiences to engage directly with grassroots movements who are standing up for our fundamental human rights. Each episode profiles a distinct set of remarkable leaders mobilizing to write new futures for themselves, their societies and the world—working on issues from ending child marriage in Pakistan, to pursuing LGBTQI liberation in Georgia and racial justice in the U.S.

In the past 15 years, Obaid-Chinoy has made over a dozen award-winning films in numerous countries around the world, working with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor Leste to the Philippines. She runs SOC Films, a production house in Karachi, Pakistan, which specializes in investigative and socially motivated content, and an animation studio.

Presented by YouTube Originals, the series is a production of SOC Films and the Global Fund for Women, in association with Fork Films and Secret Sauce Media.