Emanuela Zuccalà is an internationally awarded journalist, writer and filmmaker experienced in women’s issues and human rights. Her works have been published, among others, by Corriere della Sera and Repubblica in Italy, El Paìs in Spain, Worldcrunch in France, Mail & Guardian in South Africa, Verdensmagasinet X in Norway. Author of 7 books published in Italy, Europe and South America, she’s been awarded by several journalism prizes,
as the For Diversity-Against Discrimination Award of the European Commission (2007) ), the first Journalism Prize of the EU Parliament (2008), the Enzo Baldoni Journalism Award of Milano Province (2009), the Anna Lindh Foundation Mediterranean Journalism Award, the Press Freedom Award of Reporters Sans Frontières Austria (2012), the Premio Mila de Periodismo of Lleida municipality (2017).
Since 2011 she’s been also directing and producing documentary movies. Her film Just to Let You Know That I’m Alive (65’, 2013, co-directed by Simona Ghizzoni), about women victims of enforced disappearances in Western Africa, was produced by Zona and the Algerian NGO Sos Femmes en Détresse, by a grant from The Aftermath Project (USA), a crowdfunding campaign and a grant by the Waldensian Church in Italy, with the patronage of Amnesty International. It was screened at the Italian Senate in 2014 and at the European Parliament in Bruxelles in 2015. Official selection at Africa World Documentary Film Festival 2014 (Lagos, Nigeria; Cave Hill, Barbados; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Kingston, Jamaica), Film Migrants Festival 2014 (Lubljiana, Slovenia), FiSahara International Film Festival 2014 (Tindouf, Algeria), Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2014 (Calgary, Canada), Inconvenient Films 2015 (Vilnius, Lithuania). Finalist at BBC Aan Korb Film Festival 2014 (London, UK). Special Jury Award at Annecy Cinéma Italien Festival 2014 (Annecy, France) and Special Mention at Margaret Mead Film Festival of the American Museum of Natural History 2014 (New York City, USA). (Link: https://vimeo.com/96198202 password: valeria2014).
Since early 2015, Zuccalà has been committing herself to the multimedia project UNCUT, funded by the European Journalism Centre and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s been a series of publications in 5 countries (the full list at the bottom of this page: http://journalismgrants.org/projects/uncut), a web-documentary (uncutproject.org/en), a traveling photo exhibition, a short movie (20’, 2 special mentions at “Visioni dal Mondo” Documentary Festival in Milan, Italy, October 2016; winner as the best documentary at Genova Film Festival in Genova, Italy, December 2016, and as The best short documentary at Human Rights Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain, 2017). Link: https://vimeo.com/173873519 password: uncutp).
Her latest books are Donne che vorresti conoscere (Infinito, 2014) and Giardino Atomico (Infinito, 2017), about the social consequences of the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus.