International photojournalism

Red earth of no one
On assignment for the National Geographic Magazine - Brazil edition - The making of the reportage produced by Paulo Siqueira and Nadia Shira Cohen in the heart of Mato Grosso do Sul.

In October, 2012, the Guarani-Kaiowa indigenous tribe of Brazilian state Mato Grosso Do Sul vowed to fight to their death in a dispute over the land of their ancestors. The community of 50 men, 50 women and 70 children wrote a chilling letter to the Brazilian government. "We have all decided that we will not leave this place, neither alive nor dead." The letter came after a judge's decision to uphold a petition from a ranch owner who claimed the tribe was illegally occupying his land and asked for them to be evicted. The tribe claims the contested land belonged to their ancestors and that they would prefer to die on that land, rather than be forced to leave.
Photoediting and photojournalism
Profession Reporter - Working for the National Geographic Italy

Marco Pinna, photoeditor of the Italian edition of the National Geographic Magazine, and Alessandro Gandolfi, a longtime contributor to the magazine and co-founder of our agency, lead a 2-day seminar about photoediting and photojournalism, analyzing the cryteria used to produce a reportage for the celebrated magazine.
Lectio Magistralis
Ettore Mo and Luigi Baldelli

Among Italy's most celebrated writers and journalists, Ettore Mo, correspondent-at-large for the daily "Corriere della Sera", and Parallelozero photojournalist Luigi Baldelli, who has worked at his side for over twenty years, tell about their job together as an exceptional storytelling team. A lifetime of journeys on assignment for one of the world's major newspapers, which brought Mo and Baldelli all over the planet, covering every significant event of the past quarter-century.
Profession Reporter
On the frontline with Sergio Ramazzotti

The basic rule to shoot a good story is in a sentence well known by reporters: "f 5.6 and be there". Knowing how to get "there" and, once arrived, how to move around, to interact with the environment and the local people, to make your presence there seem perfectly natural: these are the necessary premises to take a picture that works and, more generally, to tell a good story. During a workshop with Sergio Ramazzotti, an experienced war photojournalist, you will learn the planning of a reportage in a crisis area, how to use a camera and when it is better not to use it, how to manage work in a war theatre, how to look for your subject when it doesn't seem to be there, how to find the most effective points of view, how to get "there". At the end, you will know why 5.6 is the best f-stop, but most of all, you'll know how to tell a good story. In this short backstage video, Sergio introduces his own workshop.
YEAR 2017
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti, Andrea Monzani
Baraccopolis: the movie
A human being out of six in the world lives in a slum. Thousands of them are in Italy. They are all Italian citizens, but not even the government knows precisely how many: all that Istat - the Central Institute for Statistics - tells us is that at least 53,000 people in Italy live in the so-called "accommodations of the third kind", that is, different from a house: cellars, RVs, automobiles, and especially shacks.

There's a reason why these data are so vague. A slum is a non-place that always sits on the border. On the border with the city proper, with civilization, with the facilities providing basic services, often on the border with reality. And for those who are confined there, even if they hold an Italian id card, usually that border is impassable. Baraccopolis, the docufilm by Sergio Ramazzotti and Andrea Monzani (a Parallelozero production for Sky Atlantic) explores this reality, and the lives of those who are imprisoned there.
YEAR 2014
DURATION 4' 13''
AUTHORS Bruno Zanzottera
Ghost villages of Italy
This photographic project by Bruno Zanzottera, documents the critical situation of abandoned villages and forgotten areas in Italy. Bruno has been travelling for almost 2 years throughout our country to gather information and images about some of the 5.838 italian ghost towns.

The project has turnud into a series of reportages for some of the most important Italian and international magazines and will soon become a book, an iBook, a photoexhibition and a theater show.
YEAR 2013
DURATION 6' 57''
AUTHORS Simone Cerio
When the others go away
2014 will be the year when American troops will withdraw completely from Afghanistan after 12 years of war. Gino Strada has founded, along with Italian universities, a program which gives a general surgery student the chance to complete professional training in a war zone hospital managed by Strada's Ngo Emergency. While everybody is leaving Afghanistan, some are getting ready to move there. Davide Luppi is the first Italian trainee surgeon completing his study career in Afghanistan. A risky trip, from Modena to Kabul, and a six-month stay in order to get a know-how which is difficult to obtain in Italy. A life journey, leaving love and roots behind and facing fresh emotions in a land ravaged by too many years of conflict.
YEAR 2013
DURATION 13'57''
AUTHORS Alessandro Gandolfi
Work for Hope in Palestine
WORK FOR HOPE is the humanitarian meaning of the "cash for work" project that COOPI and ECHO led in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza strip and West Bank). ECHO and COOPI have been working together in this Land since 2002, providing food assistance to communities hit by several kind of difficulties.

"Cash for work" was about creating temporary job opportunities for breadwinners, in order to improve their life conditions. This documentary video, produced by Parallelozero with text, pictures and video by Alessandro Gandolfi, tells the stories behind it.
YEAR 2012
DURATION 3' 53''
AUTHORS Paulo Siqueira, Nadia Shira Cohen
Motel America
The Motel, an American institution, was invented in 1925. Originally intended to stimulate business travel along the highways of the nation, motel culture reached its height in the 1960’s as its popularity among vacationing American families increased. Complete with swimming pools and rooms modeled after Native American tee pees, motels made cross-country road travel for the country's middle class possible and became a stark symbol of capitalist America. Today, many motels across America are serving as a permanent home for millions of Americans caught in the flux of the “Great Recession”. Some have lost their jobs and their homes to foreclosure, or just can't quite generate enough income afford an apartment. They are one step above homelessness, living on the fringe in an unstable world of linoleum and polyester bed spreads.
YEAR 2012
DURATION 29' 40''
AUTHORS D. Scagliola, A. Pozzi, B. Zanzottera
Saharawi - 35 years of solitude
The area of Western Sahara which is not under Moroccan occupation celebrated in 2012 the 35th anniversary of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. But it was an unhappy celebration, as Morocco was obstructing the referendum that should decide whether the former Spanish colony, where Moroccan army has been established since 1976, will proclaim its independence or integration with the occupying country. The United Nations mission, which was in charge of organizing the referendum, seems to make a weak impact on the situation. As a consequence of the neverending waiting – the official cease-fire plan dates back to 1991 – it's getting more and more difficult for the senior staff of the Polisario Front to control the discontent. An increasing number of young people, tired of living in refugee camps in Algeria, are planning to resume hostilities.
YEAR 2012
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti, Fabio Caressa
SOS Lampedusa - Showreel
After the 2010-2011 documentary series on Afghanistan, Parallelozero photojournalist Sergio Ramazzotti and Sky TV Italy correspondent Fabio Caressa teamed up again to tell the plight of the migrants on Lampedusa, the southern Italian islet invaded by thousands of boat people coming from northern African coasts. While Caressa, on Lampedusa, describes the chaos that reigns on the island since the beginning of the uprising in Tunisia, Ramazzotti, at the border between Libya and Tunisia, manages to infiltrate the network of human traffickers and tells the whole story of the migrants’ exploiters.
YEAR 2012
DURATION 17' 12''
AUTHORS Bruno Zanzottera, Anna Pozzi
The last survivor of Tibhirine
Father Jean-Pierre was the custodian monk of the monastery during the kidnapping and killing of the seven monks of Tibhirine, in Algeria, on March 1996. Together with father Amédée, they were the only survivors of the slaughter which, after all these years, is still shrouded in mystery. But the memory of Tibhirine and the killed monks goes well beyond the political matters of the civil war and the Islamic terrorism. It survives thanks to books and movies, but especially through the direct words of Jean-Pierre, the last living monk. Father Jean-Pierre, together with Amedée (who died in 2009), has left Algeria in order to continue his monastic life on the highlands of the Atlas in Morocco, where Trappists have moved their “Notre Dame of the Atlas” new monastery. Jean-Pierre is nowadays the last connection between these two places.
YEAR 2012
AUTHORS Bruno Zanzottera
El Molo Renaissance - Showreel
An Italian project on the shores of Kenya's Lake Turkana is aiming to document and protect the linguistic heritage of the El Molo, the smallest tribe in Africa.

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YEAR 2012
DURATION 5' 57''
AUTHORS Bruno Zanzottera, Davide Scagliola
L'Aquila, the Nicolas - Showreel
For over 50 years the Nicolas have been successfully specializing in the conservation and restoration of modern and ancient paintings on canvas, detached frescoes, wood panel paintings, wooden and stone statues. On September 2011, with some of the 35 highly-qualified restorers part of their team, Guido and his wife Maria Rosa went to L’Aquila to take care of a great piece of art which survived the earthquake, and offered their help to restore it. This painting, “La prova della vera croce” by 15th Century painter Giulio Cesare Bedeschini, was lying wrecked inside the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, one of the buildings most seriously affected by the quake. Once they had recovered the painting, they brought it to their atelier in Piedmont where it is currently being restored at their expenses. The documentary follows step by step all the stages of this delicate work - the recovery, the transportation, the analysis - along 9 months of restoration process.
YEAR 2012
DURATION 7' 43''
AUTHORS Francesco Alesi
Campania d'Africa
Castel Volturno is a city of 25,000 inhabitants 40kms north of Naples. It is a unique town: it has the highest percentage of Africans in Europe. According to official statistics, 10 per cent of its population comes from Africa. But according to the Caritas Centre at least 10,000 (or even 15,000) Africans live in the city. Mostly young, male, poor and paperless sub-Saharians, who live in the degraded suburbs of the town. They usually wake up at 4,30 am to get the first bus to the roundabouts of Naples where they might get a job for 25 euros a day. For the Italian Government ?they are just illegal to be repatriated?, while best-selling Italian writer Roberto Saviano defines them as ?an asset for Italy.? In 2008 the South African singer Miriam Makeba died in Castel Volturno after her last concert. ?She died in Africa,? commented her relatives.
YEAR 2011
DURATION 8 x 30'
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti, Fabio Caressa
Buongiorno Afghanistan
Parallelozero photojournalist Sergio Ramazzotti and Sky correspondent Fabio Caressa are the protagonists of a documentary on the Italian mission in Afghanistan produced and broadcast by Sky TV Italy. The two journalists spent several weeks embedded with the Italian forces, visiting all the FOB's, from Herat to Farah, Shindand, Bala Murghab and Bala Baluk, to document the daily life of Italian soldiers operating in the country. The result is an 8-episode documentary (episode 5 is shown here) which, alternating moments of extraordinary intimacy and great tension, goes deep into the reality of the difficult, and often tragic, Italian mission in Afghanistan.
YEAR 2011
DURATION 33' 54''
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti
The Interpreter
How many times can you die? How many can you be reborn? And how many can you change, to the point of being unrecognizable even to your family? Mohaned, a young Iraqi, has been everything from a DJ to a small businessman, to a soldier in the Iraqi Army, to a an armed man whom at some point would have been identified as an insurgent, to an employee of the Italian embassy in Baghdad, to an interpreter wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army, to a refugee in Italy, to a father and a divorced husband, and, finally, back to an interpreter with the U.S. forces. In 2003, he was a solar young boy. Seven years later, he is an alcoholic, whose hair went grey too soon and who sleeps every night with a Kalashnikov by his side, terrified by the possibility of being executed as a traitor. This is the story of the last seven years of his life.
YEAR 2011
DURATION 5' 32''
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti
The Hurt Lockers
They are few, selected and extraordinarily well trained. They chose a life of risk, but, unlike the Oscar-winning movie's main character, do not feel like joking about death, which took away many of their colleagues. Their code name is IEDD, an acronym that stands for "improvised explosive device disposal": they are the bomb specialists of the Italian Army, based all over Western Afghanistan. Considered among the world's best, they use the most advanced technologies, and are forced to update almost daily against an insurgency using explosive devices that day after day turn out to be more sophisticated, creative, and lethal.
YEAR 2010
DURATION 45' 19''
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti for Veronica TV
Falcons against the Mob - TV Series
Naples, the city with the highest level of criminal activity in Italy, counts seventy homicides, four thousand armed robberies and thousands of thefts a year. In order to fight the criminal elements, who often hide in the intricate lanes which don’t allow vehicles easy passage, the police force created the Falcons, a special squad with no equals in the world: plainclothes agents who patrol the streets in powerful offroad motorbikes. Their task: to control, and where possible prevent, criminality. A hi-risk mission which sometimes implies close encounters with the Camorra, the local mob, and which makes them, as they define themselves, “moving targets on two wheels”.
YEAR 2010
DURATION 40' 54''
AUTHORS Sergio Ramazzotti for Veronica TV
Nigeria - Stories of ordinary slavery - TV Series
Every year, at least 50,000 girls travel from Nigeria (mostly from Benin City, one of the country’s poorest cities) to Europe. A trafficker, with the help of a voodoo, or juju, priest, managed to convince them that a decent job awaits them in the promised land. The journey is often nightmarish, trying to reach the coast of Italy or Spain on a precarious rubber boat. Many of the girls die of fatigue or drown at sea before reaching their destination. Those who make it, soon realize that the promised job does not exist: after their papers are seized by the traffickers, they are sent on the street as prostitutes. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, the government and an Ngo run by nuns are fighting to set these 21st Century slaves free: from their masters, as well as from the naivete that makes them so vulnerable.
Ghost villages of Italy - Showreel
This photographic project by Bruno Zanzottera, documents the critical situation of abandoned villages and forgotten areas in Italy. Bruno has been travelling for almost 2 years throughout our country to gather information and images about some of the 5.838 italian ghost towns.

The project has turnud into a series of reportages for some of the most important Italian and international magazines and will soon become a book, an iBook, a photoexhibition and a theater show.
We don't simply shoot our stories
In just over five minutes and a few anecdotes, Parallelozero photojournalists explain why, while on the field, they don't simply shoot their stories, but they rather live them. Ryszard Kapuscinski said: "I have never been able to write about somebody whose life I had not shared for a while". An approach which works just as well for us when it comes to visual storytelling.
The wonderful world of Lize
Lize is a 25-year-old Dutch woman with Down syndrome. She has attended regular middle and secondary schools, as well as green schools and catering training courses. She has taken part as an athlete in the Special Olympic European Youth Games in Rome and as an ice-skater in the USA, where she has been awarded several gold medals. She has been living on her own for 4 years and works in a supermarket in the village where she lives. In 2012 Lize became quite famous as an actress of 'Downistie', a Dutch soap opera that caused a heated debate all over Holland. Lize has a boyfriend, Ruben. They are planning to get married and are considering whether or not having any children. She is a happy person and her experience shows how important being loved and stimulated is for these people to be an integral part of society.

Interview by Bruno Zanzottera
Photographers - Sky Arte
A Tv series of eight 30-minutes documentaries, each dedicated to a great contemporary Italian photographer, to his or her work and professional career. Photojournalists, war reporters, artists and fashion photographers have been followed by the film crews of Sky Arte HD while they shared memories, ambitions, the joy and the pain of their profession. Produced and broadcast in 2012-2013 by Sky Arte HD.

Aside from Letizia Battaglia, Umberto Pizzi, Paolo Pellegrin, Giovanni Gastel, Oreste Pipolo, Davide Monteleone and Mustafa Sabbagh, one of the episodes is about Parallelozero photojournalist Sergio Ramazzotti, who has been followed by a film crew while working in Libya. Here you can watch the episode's trailer.
International photojournalism