ruben.lagattolla Ruben Lagattolla

2007 Bachelor in English and French National and Post-Colonial Literatures and Languages. 2007-2011 Investigative journalism documentary Camera Operator and Producer. 2011-2014 Scientific anthropological documentary Producer. Countries of Production: Europe all, Balkans all, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan. USA, Canada, Bahamas, Cote Ivoire, Togo.

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Young Syrian Lenses
Aleppo
By Ruben Lagattolla
24 Sep 2014

Date: April 2014
Length: 52'
English Subtitles
NSV available

Since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution, Aleppo rebels have relentlessly documented events on the ground through their media outlet halabnews.com, providing footage for top international broadcasters. This documentary film approaches the media arm of the Syrian resistance where war photographer Enea Discepoli, who attempted to organize a photo exhibition in Old Aleppo with media activists from Halab News media, left off. Crossing the border, photographs in-hand, they would soon find that conditions on the ground made their exhibition impossible. This story similarly aims to see through the lenses of these young Syrian media activists, to witness the Syrian tragedy unfolding since 2011. Told through interviews, facts given by reporters, and through filmed first-hand accounts of the tragedies unfolding on the ground; the film seeks to put the viewer directly beside these Young Syrian Lenses. Military operations unfold on camera, however, the film also engages the Aleppo Local Council which is the only democratic hope for the population.

This journey alongside a group of young, hopefully media activists is told through images rather than narration. At the same time, the film prefers considering the human condition instead of high-impact military imagery that too often let the viewer forget the humanitarian tragedy of war.

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The denied yazidi festival - trailer-hd
Lalish Temple, Duhok Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Ruben Lagattolla
11 Mar 2015

Directed by Emanuela C. Del Re -

Lalish Temple, the main Yazidi religious place, during the Jazhna Jamaye, the most significant Yazidi Festival. October 2013 Iraqi Kurdistan

Due to serious threats following terrorist attacks that had taken place in Iraqi Kurdistan in previous days, the Jazhna Jamaye, the most signficant religious festival of the Yazidi, ancient, peaceful and consistent minority in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been canceled by the authorities for security reasons. Out of the thousands of Yazidi from all over the world expected to gather in Lalish every October, in 2013 only a few hundreds have participated in the festival. Although the Rituals have been celebrated, and the spirituality of the event has pervaded the place, the Yazidi have suffered for the cancellation of the event. In this unique and exclusive documentary the Yazidi share their thoughts about their life and values, providing a deep insight in the world of a little known community. They also talk about their fears for the future: a prelude of the tragedy that is taking place today in August 2014, with the Yazidi risking a new genocide.

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Young Syrian Lenses
Aleppo, Syria
By Ruben Lagattolla
01 Apr 2014

Date: April 2014
Length: 52'
English Subtitles
NSV available

Since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution, Aleppo rebels have relentlessly documented events on the ground through their media outlet halabnews.com, providing footage for top international broadcasters. This documentary film approaches the media arm of the Syrian resistance where war photographer Enea Discepoli, who attempted to organize a photo exhibition in Old Aleppo with media activists from Halab News media, left off. Crossing the border, photographs in-hand, they would soon find that conditions on the ground made their exhibition impossible. This story similarly aims to see through the lenses of these young Syrian media activists, to witness the Syrian tragedy unfolding since 2011. Told through interviews, facts given by reporters, and through filmed first-hand accounts of the tragedies unfolding on the ground; the film seeks to put the viewer directly beside these Young Syrian Lenses. Military operations unfold on camera, however, the film also engages the Aleppo Local Council which is the only democratic hope for the population.

This journey alongside a group of young, hopefully media activists is told through images rather than narration. At the same time, the film prefers considering the human condition instead of high-impact military imagery that too often let the viewer forget the humanitarian tragedy of war.