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A selection of my most recent documentary work on international humanitarian affairs. Field reporting from South East Asia, Latin America, North American, Africa, and Europe.

THE EARTH DEFENDERS (Full Feature Film)
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This documentary tells of my journey through five African countries (Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia) to investigate challenges facing women as they seek to contribute to Africa’s social, technological, and economic development. It was filmed whilst traveling with Steve McCurry, who was shooting the images for the 2015 Lavazza calendar. In September 2015, some of my own photographs from this trip were featured in the critically acclaimed Milan exhibition “The New Faces of Africa.” The main focus of this exhibition was the importance of child education and nutrition for sustainability and the alleviation of poverty.
(Discovery Networks/ Lavazza, 2015)

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THE EARTH DEFENDERS: TRAILER
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This documentary tells of my journey through five African countries (Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia) to investigate challenges facing women as they seek to contribute to Africa’s social, technological, and economic development. It was filmed whilst traveling with Steve McCurry, who was shooting the images for the 2015 Lavazza calendar. In September 2015, some of my own photographs from this trip were featured in the critically acclaimed Milan exhibition “The New Faces of Africa.” The main focus of this exhibition was the importance of child education and nutrition for sustainability and the alleviation of poverty.
(Discovery Networks/ Lavazza, 2015)

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STORIES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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A one-hour TV special event aired on multiple Discovery Networks channels on November 25, 2014 and 2015, to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The film features interviews victims of abuse, abusers, criminologists, psychologists, doctors, and prison directors.

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CASA DO MENOR (ENG SUB)
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Language: Italian, English, and Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Casa do Menor: The Other Face of Brazil” features the stories of abused and marginalized youth in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. It was shot with the support of the Brazilian NGO Casa do Menor, which cares for 2000 children per year, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and are coerced into prostitution.
(Inside Productions/ Discovery, 2013)

Credits: A film written, directed and presented by: Davide Scalenghe, produced by: Davide Scalenghe, NGO Casa do Menor, Luca Argentero for Inside Productions, associate producers: Federica Masin, Giovanni Doddi.

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CASA DO MENOR: TRAILER
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Language: Italian, English, and Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Casa do Menor: The Other Face of Brazil” features the stories of abused and marginalized youth in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. It was shot with the support of the Brazilian NGO Casa do Menor, which cares for 2000 children per year, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and are coerced into prostitution.
(Inside Productions/ Discovery, 2013)

Credits: A film written, directed and presented by: Davide Scalenghe, produced by: Davide Scalenghe, NGO Casa do Menor, Luca Argentero for Inside Productions, associate producers: Federica Masin, Giovanni Doddi.

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MALE PROSTITUTION AND STREET CHILDREN IN BRAZIL
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In this film we explore the link between male child prostitution and sex tourism in Brazil. Why is it that so many young Brazilian men come to work in Europe? What is their background? And what are the various NGOs doing to help street children away from selling their bodies to survive?
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2011)

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ONE WEEK IN INDIA: TRAILER
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Trailer for the documentary series “One Week In India”, where we look at the stories of countryside children kidnapped from or sold by their parents to the red light districts of the city.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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THE CITY OF TRANSSEXUALS
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From the Vanguard series “One Week In India”, in this documentary we look at the stories of countryside children kidnapped from or sold by their parents to the red light districts of the city, and who are in the midst of a sex change they think will help them become socially respected at last.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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PROSTITUTION IN INDIA
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From the series “One Week in India”, in this episode we take a trip to Calcutta to investigate the conditions of female, transsexual, transgender and homosexual prostitution.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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THE CHILDREN OF GAY COUPLES, PART 2
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A comparative study between the most progressive country in the EU for LGBT rights (Holland) and the least (Italy and Romania). In this episode we visit same-sex couple and their children.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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VIOLATED BODIES, PART 1
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A comparative study between the most progressive country in the EU for LGBT rights (Holland) and the least (Italy and Romania).
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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SUBURBS IN FLAMES: TRAILER
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In this episode we compare the lives and hopes of the disenfranchised youth of Naples’ suburbs, Paris’ banlieues and London’s council estates. How much influence does one’s place of birth have on his/her life opportunities?
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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SUBURBS IN FLAMES
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In this episode we compare the lives and hopes of the disenfranchised youth of Naples’ suburbs, Paris’ banlieues and London’s council estates. How much influence does one’s place of birth have on his/her life opportunities?
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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FASHION VIDEO ART
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The Hypersensual cyborg experiences herself as a galaxy of audiotactile sensations. You are not censors but sensors, not aesthetes but kinaestethes.You are sensationalists. You are the newest mutants incubated in womb speakers. Your mother, your first sound. The bedroom, the party, the dancefloor, the rave: these are the labs where 21st C nervous systems assemble themselves, the matrices of the Futurythmachinic Discontinuum.
The future is a much better guide to the present than the past.
Be prepared, be ready to trade everything you know about your history, for single glimpse of your future.
(VIDEO by Davide Scalenghe, Giacomo Lalli, Salex Silvestri)

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MALE ANOREXIA
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In this episode we explore the little known phenomenon of male anorexia, which now makes up for more than 10% of those affected by this condition.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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ANIMALS AND LUXURY
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In this episode, we expose the often hidden uses of animal testing within the cosmetic, fashion and clothing industries.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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THE RISE OF POLITICAL EXTREMISM
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While Europe imposes strict bans on the proliferation of extremist movements, carrying on the mission of supporting the idea of a democratic and liberal Europe, the domestic politics of many countries seems to paddle towards the opposite direction.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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THE ROMA PEOPLE: TRAILER
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Who are the Roma people? They seem to be a constant cause of social alarms in Italy and in Europe. Here, we try to understand the extent of the concept of racism. Can we talk of a “gypsy invasion”?
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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TODAY’S EUROPE
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A one-off special on the state of Europe’s hatefuls: racism, discrimination and homophobia in the Old Continent.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

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MY FIRST TIME WITH THE POPE
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I decided to post this video “rough”, as in not edited, to show the Pope before he was Pope. I met him in 2011, in Argentina, and when he was elected Pope, I said, wait: I ‘ve already seen that person. So I combed through the footage of a series I had shot and it all came back to me.
In this video Bergoglio-before-he-became-Pope celebrates mass in “honor of life” in his cathedral in Buenos Aires. Outside, several groups of women act as a counterpoint claiming their right to abortion.
What I find most interesting, probably, of the video, is the tone of Bergoglio: rather subdued, and quite negative, little “inspirational.” His oration is full of negative adjectives for the “decadent” and almost without hope society in which we live. Tone that has changed radically since he was elected Pope, now one of the most positive and inspirational bearers of hope within the political and religious world.
On July 15, 2010 in Argentina, the first country in Latin America and the tenth in the world, same-sex marriage became legal, and so did adoption for married same-sex couples. Jorge Bergoglio at the time spoke of a “War of God” , warning: “It seems to me that we are back at the time of the Crusades and the Inquisition.” And in fact the law wasn’t approved without severe conflict between the sectors led by the ultra-conservative Catholic Church and the Peronist government.
The peculiarity of the country is that same-sex marriage is now legal whereas abortion is still illegal. Cardinal Bergoglio, in accordance with the Church’s official position on these issues, invited the clergy to oppose abortion deeming the political movements in favor of it expression of a “culture of death.”
Bergoglio though expressed a different view from that of the Church on the use of contraceptives, believing that they may be eligible to prevent the spread of disease.
The fight for the right to a legal and free abortion is pivotal to feminist groups in Argentina. To understand the urgency of the matter, one should consider that every year there are on average 500,000 illegal abortions in the country, causing huge risk to women’s health and in fact one of the main causes of female mortality.

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Ho deciso di pubblicare questo video “rough”, non finalizzato nel montaggio, per fare vedere il Papa prima che fosse Papa. Lo incontrai in Argentina nel 2011. Quando venne eletto, mi dissi: aspetta, io quella persona l’ho già vista. E così vado a spulciare nel girato di una serie che avevo girato ed ecco che tutto torna alla mente.
In questo video, Bergoglio prima che diventasse Papa celebra una messa in “onore della vita” nella sua cattedrale a Buenos Aires. Fuori, vari gruppi di donne fanno da contrappunto reclamando il loro diritto all’aborto.
Quello che trovo più interessante, probabilmente, del video, è il tono di Bergoglio: piuttosto sottomesso, e soprattutto negativo, poco “inspirational”. Un’orazione ricca di aggettivi negativi per questa società “decadente” e quasi senza speranza in cui viviamo. Tono che ha cambiato radicalmente da quando è stato eletto Papa, ora una delle voci più positive e portatrici di speranza della sfera politica e religiosa al mondo.
Il 15 luglio 2010 in Argentina, primo Paese dell’ America Latina e decimo nel mondo, sono diventate legali le nozze tra persone dello stesso sesso, che, una volta sposate, potranno anche adottare bambini. Jorge Bergoglio parlò all’epoca di «guerra di Dio», avvertendo: «Mi sembra che siamo tornati all’epoca delle Crociate e dell’Inquisizione». E in effetti il cammino per l’approvazione della legge è stato caratterizzato da un duro scontro tra i settori ultraconservatori guidati dalla Chiesa cattolica e il governo peronista che ha colto al balzo un cambiamento della società.
La peculiarità del Paese è che siano state approvate le unioni gay mentre l’aborto rimane ancora illegale.
Il cardinale Bergoglio, conformemente alla posizione ufficiale della Chiesa su questi temi, ha invitato il clero e i laici ad opporsi all’aborto ritenendo i movimenti politici ad esso favorevoli espressione di una “cultura della morte”.
Bergoglio avrebbe invece una visione diversa da quella ufficiale della Chiesa sull’uso di contraccettivi, ritenendo che possono essere ammissibili per prevenire la diffusione di malattie, anche se si è opposto alla loro distribuzione gratuita, proposta dal Governo Kirchner, in Argentina.
La lotta per il diritto all’aborto legale e gratuito è al centro delle battaglie dei gruppi femministi argentini. Per capire l’urgenza della questione, basti pensare che ogni anno si effettuano in media 500.000 aborti clandestini che comportano un rischio enorme per la salute della donna e costituiscono di fatto una delle cause principali di mortalità femminile.

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EXCLUSIVE: MY INTERVIEW WITH JORGE PRIEBKE
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Language: Italian, English, Spanish with Italian subtitles

I sat down with Jorge Priebke for an exclusive 1-to-1 interview at the home he shared with his notorious father, Erich Priebke, in Bariloche, Argentina. Jorge, one of two children, never gives interviews to reporters, mainly because it was precisely a reporter that started the process which eventually led his father to life house arrest in Rome. Precisely, in 1994, 50 years after the Ardeatine massacre, where 335 Italians lost their lives in retaliation for the killing of 10 German soldiers, Erich Priebke felt he could talk about the incident he would later be convicted for and agreed to being interviewed by American ABC news reporter Sam Donaldson. It was the beginning of the end.
It was through a trusted contact in Bariloche that I managed to be welcomed into the Priebke’s household. A modest wooden home full of flowers and dogs, reminiscent of a mountain cabin in the Alps. As I met him, Jorge was gentle, caring, willing to share plenty of intimate and family details, adamant he would speak English with me. He was very open, and once the interview was over, invited us to go back to visit him whenever we could. Contrarily to my expectations, I felt I was more like a nephew going to visit his long lost grandfather, than a journalist doing a piece. Jorge was very protective of his father, admitting to some of his wrong-doing. It’s about father and son relations, with all of the obvious complications of this case.
Jorge tells me his father had been to the Ardeatines only a couple of times, and what could he have done: if he didn’t kill, he would be killed, justifying such actions further by asking the question: how is what the Nazis did back then different from what the US is doing now in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
Erich entered the SS because of his knowledge of Italian and German, having translated for Mussolini and Hitler and having been the liaison between the Vatican and the German embassy in Rome. He complains that everybody called his father a Nazi, when everyone, according to him, was a Nazi during WWII. I ask him what it is like to have one life only, and spend it carrying such a controversial last name.
Towards the end, Jorge tells me his father used to call himself the last prisoner of the second world war, when for most people on earth he was the last nazi mass murderer still alive.

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Ho intervistato Jorge Priebke nella casa che fin da bambino condivideva con il padre Erich Priebke, a Bariloche, Argentina. Jorge, secondo di due figli, non è solito rilasciare interviste a giornalisti, principalmente perché fu proprio a causa di un giornalista che iniziò il processo che portò il padre a passare il resto della sua vita agli arresti domiciliari a Roma. Più precisamente, era il 1954, 50 anni dopo il massacro delle Fosse Ardeatine, dove 335 italiani furono trucidati in rappresaglia per l’uccisione di 10 tedeschi, quando Erich sentì di potersi raccontare al reporter americano della ABC Sam Donaldson. Era l’inizio della fine.
Sono stato benvenuto nella casa di Priebke grazie ad un mio contatto sul posto in Bariloche. Una casa modesta, piena di fiori e cani, che mi ricordava delle baite alpine. Jorge era molto gentile, affettuoso, disposto a condividere molti dettagli personali e intimi di vita familiare. Ci teneva a parlare inglese e non spagnolo. Una volta terminata l’intervista, ci ha invitati a tornare a trovarlo presto. Mi sentivo quasi come un nipote che va a trovare il nonno che non vede da tempo, più che un reporter che sta lavorando sul campo. Jorge era molto protettivo nei confronti del padre, ammettendo allo stesso tempo alcune sue colpe. E’ un’intervista che ruota intorno al rapporto tra un padre e un figlio, con tutte le complicazioni del caso specifico.
Jorge mi dice che suo padre, pensa, è stato alle Ardeatine un paio di volte, ma cosa poteva fare, si chiede: se non uccideva lui, veniva ucciso. Dopotutto, esclama – in una maniera forse tipicamente revisionista – come è diverso quello che hanno fatto i nazisti da quello che fa l’Occidente oggi in Iraq, Siria, Afghanista, Libia. Erich Priebke entra nelle SS dopo aver tradotto per Mussolini e Hitler in un paio di occasioni, quando a Roma teneva i rapporti col Vaticano per l’ambasciata tedesca. Si lamenta che tutti dicono che suo padre era un nazista, dicendo che tutti durante la guerra erano dei nazisti. Gli chiedo come si sente ad avere una sola vita portandosi dietro un cognome così controverso.
In conclusione, Jorge mi dice che suo padre si considerava l’ultimo prigioniero della seconda guerra mondiale, quando per la maggior parte delle persone era l’ultimo nazista ancora in vita, responsabile di un genocidio.

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PORN 2.0
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A segment from a Vanguard program on how the porn industry has evolved since the arrival of the internet. On the one hand, we see the partial fall of a billion dollar industry, on the other hand the proliferation of thousand more websites, with an increase in people becoming addicted to watching porn.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2008)

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CASA DO MENOR (PTG SUB)
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Language: Italian, English, and Portuguese with Portuguese subtitles.

“Casa do Menor: The Other Face of Brazil” features the stories of abused and marginalized youth in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. It was shot with the support of the Brazilian NGO Casa do Menor, which cares for 2000 children per year, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and are coerced into prostitution.
(Inside Productions/ Discovery, 2013)

Credits: A film written, directed and presented by: Davide Scalenghe, produced by: Davide Scalenghe, NGO Casa do Menor, Luca Argentero for Inside Productions, associate producers: Federica Masin, Giovanni Doddi.

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CASA DO MENOR (ESP SUB)
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Language: Italian, English, and Portuguese with Spanish subtitles.

“Casa do Menor: The Other Face of Brazil” features the stories of abused and marginalized youth in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. It was shot with the support of the Brazilian NGO Casa do Menor, which cares for 2000 children per year, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and are coerced into prostitution.
(Inside Productions/ Discovery, 2013)

Credits: A film written, directed and presented by: Davide Scalenghe, produced by: Davide Scalenghe, NGO Casa do Menor, Luca Argentero for Inside Productions, associate producers: Federica Masin, Giovanni Doddi.

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CASA DO MENOR
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Language: Italian, English, and Portuguese with Italian subtitles.

“Casa do Menor: The Other Face of Brazil” features the stories of abused and marginalized youth in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza. It was shot with the support of the Brazilian NGO Casa do Menor, which cares for 2000 children per year, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and are coerced into prostitution.
(Inside Productions/ Discovery, 2013)

Credits: A film written, directed and presented by: Davide Scalenghe, produced by: Davide Scalenghe, NGO Casa do Menor, Luca Argentero for Inside Productions, associate producers: Federica Masin, Giovanni Doddi.

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