Emanuela Zuccalà is a freelance journalist, writer and film-maker based in Milano, Italy, experienced in women’s issues and human rights. Her work has been published, among others, by Io Donna and Corriere della Sera in Italy, El Pais in Spain, Worldcrunch and Le Courrier International in France, Mail&Guardian in South Africa. Author of 7 books published in Italy, Portugal, Brazil and Poland, since 2012 she's been partner of the cultural organization Zona which develops visual journalist projects.
She’s been awarded by several Italian and international prizes, as the For Diversity-Against Discrimination Award of the European Commission (2007), the Enzo Baldoni Journalist Award of Milano Province (2009), the Press Freedom Award of Reporters Sans Frontières Austria (2012). She was also finalist at the Anna Lindh Foundation's Mediterranean Journalist Award (2011).
Her documentary movie Just to Let You Know That I’m Alive, about women victims of enforced disappearances in Western Sahara (2013, co-directed by Simona Ghizzoni; produced by Zona and the Algerian NGO Sos Femmes en Détresse) has been screened in 10 countries, finalist at the Aan Korb Documentary Festival of the Bbc (London, Uk, 2014), awarded by the Margaret Mead Film Festival of the American Museum of Natural History (NYC, Usa, 2014) and by the Annecy Cinéma Italien Festival (Annecy, France, 2014). Her short documentary Uncut (2016, co-directed by Simona Ghizzoni; produced by Zona) won two Juries' Special Mentions at A Window on the World, Images from Reality International Documentary Festival (Milano, Italy, 2016) and won as the Best Documentary at Genova Film Festival (Genova, Italy, 2016).
Her latest books are Donne che vorresti conoscere (Infinito publisher, 2014) and Giardino Atomico (Infinito, 2017).
UNCUT is a web-documentary on female genital mutilations (FGM), with a data journalism survey through Africa and Europe. It narrates stories of women in Kenya, Somaliland, Ethiopia, where FGM has been fought hard—and successfully.