Emanuela Zuccalà



Emanuela Zuccalà is an independent journalist, writer and film-maker experienced in women’s issues and human rights. Her work has been published, among others, by Io Donna, Corriere della Sera and D-la Repubblica in Italy, El Pais in Spain, Worldcrunch 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 journalistic projects.

She’s been awarded by several Italian and international prizes, as the For Diversity-Against Discrimination Award of the European Commission (Belgium, 2007), the Enzo Baldoni Journalist Award of Milano Province (Italy, 2009), the Press Freedom Award of Reporters Sans Frontières Austria (Wien, 2012), the Mila Award for Gender Equality of Lleida municipality (Spain, 2017). 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) and at XIV Human Rights Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain, 2017). The related multimedia journalistic project Uncut on female genital mutilations in Africa and Europe has so far received 15 international prizes.

Her latest book is Giardino Atomico (Infinito, 2017), a long-form reportage on the social consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.

Twitter and Instagram: @ezuccala

Web: emanuelazuccala.it, uncutproject.org

Funded projects


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.

Crossing The River

This interactive web documentary follows the struggle for life of four passionate female health professionels in Sub-Saharan Africa, where maternal mortality registers the highest rates in the world.