Current TV Reel

A short montage of some of my documentary work and media appearances for Al Gore’s Current TV.

Argentina (trailer)

Trailer for the Argentina series filmed in Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. Topics include the approval of gay marriage, the societal effect of the economic crash, and an on the road journey from the country’s capital all the way to most southern tip of the world.
(Current TV, 2011)

Vanguard Brazil (trailer, Director's cut)

Extended trailer for the 5-part social affairs documentary series shot in Brazil.
(Current TV, Vanguard. 2011)

Transsexuality in Brazil (documentary)

In this film we look at the link between transsexual prostitution from Brazil and human trafficking for sexual purposes.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2011)

Brazil: War and Narco-Culture in the Favelas (documentary)

In the notorious favelas of Rio de Janeiro there is a war between police and criminality. The goal of the carioca government is to clean up the dangerous suburbs of the city from criminal gangs and drug trafficking in view of the 2014 World Cup. Directly from the face of the Brazilian urban guerrilla, in this documentary we investigate the interactions between police, government and traffickers in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Brazil's Dangerous Prisons (documentary)

In Brazil, inmates, prisoners live in inhumane conditions, including dirt and overcrowding. Many prisoners inside the cells are also convinced that they are possessed by the devil, and this is where the pastor Marcus intervenes, who works exorcisms to free the accursed from the evil that oppresses them, but what lies behind all this? Other interviewees include Drauzio Varella and inmates from Carandiru prison.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2011)

Brazil: Male Prostitution and Street Children (documentary)

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)

Brazil: Economic Boom and the World Cup (documentary)

In this documentary we look at the economics and sociology of the Brazilian economic boom pre-World Cup.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2011)

Interview with Al Gore (TV special)

My exclusive 1-hour interview with Al Gore in Los Angeles on climate change and international politics.
Language: English with Italian subtitles.
(Current TV, 2010)

Human Trafficking and Prostitution in India (documentary)

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)

One Week in India (trailer)

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. We spend a week living with female, male and transexual sex workers in Calcutta’s notorious Red Light Districts. We find out most of them are underage, and that they have been trafficked from the countryside to the city centre. They live under extremely dire conditions, and they find refuge in one Goddess only.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Homophobia in Europe (trailer)

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)

Homophobia in Europe: the Children of Gay Couples (documentary)

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)

Homophobia in Europe: Violated Bodies (documentary)

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)

Suburbs in Flames (trailer)

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 their own life opportunities?
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Suburbs in Flames (documentary)

This films compares 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)

The Rise of Political Extremisms (documentary)

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)

Islamophobia and Extremist Politics in Europe (documentary)

This episode examines the growth of political extremisms in Europe and their ties to Islamophobia.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Organized Crime and Cocaine Trafficking

We investigate how the Nigerian mafia is taking over narco-trafficking in the lands of the Camorra.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

The Roma People (trailer)

Who are the Roma people and why do they seem to be a constant cause of social alarms in Italy and in Europe. We try to understand the extent of the concept of racism. Can we talk of a “gypsy invasion”?
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Roma: a Journey to Eastern Europe

Who are the Roma people? They seem to be a constant cause of social alarms in Italy and in Europe. We elaborate on the concept of racism.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

The Roma and Gypsy People

In this episode we investigate the ever growing hostility towards the Roma and gypsy communities in Western Europe.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Today's Europe

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

Exclusive: My Interview with Jorge Priebke

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.

Language: Italian, English, Spanish with Italian subtitles

The Fashion Series (trailer)

Trailer for the 4-part series that analyzes the mythology and the taboos surrounding the fashion system.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Male Anorexia

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)

Victims of the Fashion Industry

We report on the high suicide rates amongst models in the fashion industry.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2010)

Animals and Luxury

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

My First Time with the Pope

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.

Narco-trafficking Has No Borders

In this segment we interview a major narco-trafficker who has been in jail for decades, guilty of managing a trafficking scheme that brought tons of cocaine from Latin America to Europe.
(Current TV, Vanguard, 2008)

Porn 2.0

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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