Raisa Talkhanova, a freelance journalist, filmed the Russian siege of Grozny inside Chechnya. For three months, Chechnya had been effectively isolated by Russia and no footage of the war had been available to broadcasters. Raisa travelled from her home in Grozny to the outlying villages where much of the population was hiding from Russian assaults. Traveling from village to village and filming, she sheltered with women and children through Russian bombing and helicopter assaults, helping them to collect fuel, food and water. She visited hospitals where emergency surgery was carried out in appalling conditions.The resulting film was the first documentary made for Western television by a Chechen journalist. INSIDE CHECHNYA was broadcast as a BBC Correspondent Special for the BBC and then by six other broadcasters. It was the first in-depth report from behind Russian lines in the Chechen War and was a finalist for the EMMY award in News for 2000 and was awarded the 2001 Rory Peck Award, “The Freelancers’ Choice.” In Georgia, Raisa continued to report on the war for the Urartu News Agency. She has since been granted political asylum in the USA.