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I'm Africa
Prov. du Katanga
By Gabriele Orlini
08 Sep 2017

You are confusing the circulatory system with this maze of meandering, twisted like cells of the brain – wire meshes and tangles, resemble memory – each with a story to hide or to be dissolved, there just behind a gauze suspended between the face and the hanging ceiling, hanging between the faces and walls.
You do not know if they are roots or hair those that sink in water, and in the sky – in the sky from where the water is more than any imagined Africa.

The sky of thick foliage, of dry logs as your crosses and you do not know if they are branches or knots of hair braiding those who see blacks under the smoky clouds. There are more signs on the ground and more signs on the water that on the blackboard, which does not pass the history of your steps, but one of the steps of foreigners on your land.

A whirlpool in the lazy river as you sleep. A run in the tall grass, cutting edges. A jump and a heavy bag on your head, the water reflects other water and the tree grows from your shoulders, soon broken up by life that your father has left the crooked stick.

This is a Story
As every story, it’s made by Moments, Instants, People, Places.
Different but indissolubly tied together by invisible and indivisible light threads.
It’s not a tale of Africa but it’s a story of Men, or of a single Man.
It’s the tale of a centuries-old Tree with its roots - the wrinkled and strong arms of an old lady- searching for life in the depths of the river.
It’s the story of a Woman who stretches the same roots to the sky as if to contrast a law of nature.

In Africa there’s nothing that doesn’t come into being from the earth and nothing that’s not raised towards the sky that dominates everything.
It’s the tale of a River that flows for thousands of years in a land that’s fighting for his identity for a thousands of years.
It’s the same River that carries along life and death, the end and the beginning. 
A River able to nurture, a River able to kill.

It’s the tale of many Men leaving in search of something that doesn’t have a name yet.

It’s the tale of a Color in which all the colors are alike, the story of an escape towards places so far away, drawn in a map by Red Soil and where all the paths come together.

It’s the tale of a Red Soil that stains your feet and goes inside you
It goes deep into your blood and fires it up.

And it’s useless to wash your body in the river at the end of the day: the Red Soil has left a mark on everything you have and everything you are. 
It’s the tale of a Disease without a cure.
It’s the tale of a Rain that comes from the silence of a blue sky and with a din fills the buckets of the village.
It’s the tale of many other Tales.
It's the story of those who live and consume that Land.
It’s the story of who has being worn out by that Land.
And it’s also the tale of a Mondele, a White Man.
A tale of the moment in which he asked to himself: “What if I was born here?
And then he understood the only possible answer: “I am Africa”.

 

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Minimal Histories | Patagonia
El Calafate
By Gabriele Orlini
07 Sep 2017

Patagonia is the right place to walk, lose oneself in our own certainties and feel the right to doubt. Minimal Histories is the stage of a journey, a meeting with the Men who breathe the land at the end of the earth. They're stories told with a Mate in our hands, to share the sacred drink of the Argentine hospitality during the long evenings of the Patagonian pampas. Simple men, sometimes anachronistic, but absolutely of today. As a narrative, Minimal Histories tells the story of everyone and each of these stories is the story of all of us. One of our fears that are raised within us and covered with a dark night sky of endless stars. One of our dreams and thoughts about the future that every sunrise lights to hole up behind a new moon.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
14 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
11 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
07 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
07 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
06 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
06 Jun 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
30 Apr 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
30 Apr 2014

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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The Faces of Bangladesh Garment Workers
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Jan 2014

Bangladesh's garment industry made headlines on April 24, 2013 because of the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, a sub district of Dhaka. Even before the death of an estimated 1,100 people last April, there have been incidents before the one making headlines. In November of 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 people. Charred shorts with the label of one of North America's largest retail brand was found among the remains. Only 5% of textile factories are owned by foreign investors, with most of the production being controlled by local investors. Textiles account for 80% of the country's exports.

Since the most recent deadly incident, it has become extremely difficult to obtain access to factories as most managers are very suspicious of journalists, foreign or local. In January of this year, these portraits were made at a tee-shirt factory work camp near Gazipur, north of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. The factory is only a three minute walk from the shacks these migrant workers call “home”.

These are the faces of the people, and their families, behind the tag that reads “Made In Bangladesh”. Many children and young adults have already spent nearly their entire life within these camps that are reminiscent of refugee structures. Young women are living alone, often without any family members and even absent from their husband and children. If a woman or husband is lucky enough to have their spouse present, they must reside in different areas of the camp to prevent problems arising between the sexes. Often entire families live within these camps and as the parents split day and evening shifts, because factories run 24 hours, children will take on the responsibilites of caring for the younger.

The stories of these people are very common among the people of Bangladesh. It was estimated in 2013 that approximately 4 million of the country's 156 million people are employed in the $19 billion-a-year industry. It is not only the working conditions that need to be improved, but also the living conditions that these people must go home to, to rest for the next day of work. Their living quarters are nothing more than slums with a few guards and a manager to look over the employees.

These are the faces of those that are injured, and at times die, in poor conditions to clothe the world.

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Kobirhossion
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Jan 2014

Kobirhossion is 32 years old, married and with 3 kids.

Originally from Commilla, he has worked and lived here for over 12 years without any family members.

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Rokiabezom
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Rokiabezom states she is 30 years old and has been at this camp, away from her husband and one son for 7 years.

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Nurruzman
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Nurruzman, 30 years, is a new employee of this factory and has resided at this camp for only 6 months. He is alone, leaving his wife and 2 sons in his hometown of Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Talif
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Talif is 21 years old and comes from Jamalpur-Sherpur.

He is married but still has no children. He has resided at this camp for 6 years.

During his hours off he sells goods along the streets, such as sunglasses, for additional income.

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Nazma
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Nazma is 25 years old and is married with one daughter.

She resides here at the camp withoutthem, for over 6 years.

Originally from Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Daughter of Laborers Under a Dupatta
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

With such close and intimate living quarters, child care is a community effort.

This young girl will watch over the younger children as parents are absent during the day and night. (Factories run 24 hours a day.)

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Muhammed Abdulla
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Muhammed Abdulla is between the ages of 22-24 and has been in this camp for 18 years.

He’s married with one son and both reside in Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Sofik
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Sofik, 19 years old, returns from the market along the dangerous roads of Bangladesh with fresh cuts of beef for dinner.

He has been here for 2 years, alone. Originally from Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Young Girl Hangs Laundry in the Camp
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A daughter of garment factory employees, hangs clothes to dry in the last moments of sunshine.

No matter age or gender, everyone takes on house hold responsibilities.

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Zorna and Her Husband
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Zorna is approximately 25 years old and stands next to her husband in a camp for garment workers about 100km north of Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka.

She has resided at this particular camp for over 10 years. The couple must live separated, as the men and women’s living quarters are separated to prevent problems.

They have one son that lives with family in their hometown of Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Brother and Sister of Laborers
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A 10 year old girl holds onto the hand of her brother. The two, along with their parents and two other sisters, have lived at this camp for about 5 years. Hometown is Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Young Woman Garment Worker
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

Many Bangladeshis can only give an approximate age. This woman aged between 20 and 25, has been away from her husband and son for almost 5 years. From Jamalpur-Sherpur.

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Young Daughter of Garment Workers
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A daughter of garment workers spends her time in the worker camp. Since both parents will be working during the day time hours, she will be looked over by the director of the camp but mostly by the other adults and older children living in this camp.

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Eighteen Year Old Laborer
Bangladesh
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jan 2014

A young garment worker apprehensively states she is 18 years old. She has been at this camp for a couple of years and comes from the city of Rangpur.

She lives alone, separated from her parents, 1 brother and 5 sisters.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
13 Nov 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
28 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
28 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
21 Oct 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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London
By Andrea Falletta
19 Sep 2013

Robin is an eight year old boy living in South London.  Many labels can be attached to him but no single one can do him justice. Bilingual (English & Italian), high functioning autistic, cross-country runner, encyclopedic knowledge of the planets and of London bus routes, sociable, inquisitive, smart, cheeky, constantly hungry, athletically slim, fiercely independent. Robin is Robin. He doesn’t just communicate with words. He talks to you with his face. With his eyes. With his smiles and his frowns. With his whole body.  Adriana, Robin's mom.

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Child labour in Yemen (VO - Norwegian)
Sanaa
By dustweare
14 Sep 2013

Saleh Abdallah al-Raymi has been a labourer in the capital Sanaa since the age of seven. But his is, unfortunately, not an extraordinary case. He's one of more than a million child labourers in Yemen, and the numbers are increasing as the country is plunging deeper into its political and financial crisis.

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Viome 26
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

The workers of Vio.Me., a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, have been unpaid since May 2011. By decision of their general assembly they have decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they are kick-starting production on February 12, 2013, after 3 days of intense mobilization.