Gabriela Jacomella

South Sudan

Biography

Gabriela Jacomella is an Italian journalist and documentary maker. She was born in Chiavenna, a small town at the border with Switzerland, and moved to Tuscany for her graduate studies. She holds a degree in Modern Literature from Scuola Normale Superiore and a degree in Film studies from Università degli Studi in Pisa. She started writing for some local and national newspapers—Il Tirreno and Il Manifesto—while working on her final dissertation on the cinema of Communist cooperatives in the Weimar Republic.

In the summer of 2002 she quit her job as junior press officer at Scuola Normale Superiore and moved to Milan for an internship at Corriere della Sera. After a couple of years of freelance activity, both for newspapers and magazines, in autumn 2004 she was definitively hired by Corriere. She also worked as a correspondent from Berlin, Germany, covering many international events and reporting on topics such as child prostitution and trafficking in the Dominican Republic and Cambodia.

She is currently based in South Sudan, working on the web documentary Juba In The Making.

Funded project

Juba in the Making

Juba in the Making tells the story of the development of Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. South Sudan became independent in 2011 after decades of war, but a new armed conflict started in 2013.