Jan 19, 2012


Ten stories from my less recent productions have been added to PadPlaces for free download. I feel is a contribution to create a wider image of my work.

Most of them appears in the Documentary section and are: American Rodeo, shoot in Tucson, Arizona, in 2005. Chungking Mansions, on the famous Hong Kong condo that has been defined the first ever global environment in the world. Sulukule, the now obliterated Gipsy Istanbul with in-house belly dancing. Ruili, the border city between China and Burma, with all the imaginable trafficking. The Burmese Refugees situation on the Thai border. Cambodia Casino, a two-border view of the gambling scene on the country no-man lands. The remotest region of Sertao, in Brazil. And finally the nice story of the Indian Merchants Diaspora: how the communities had  to leave their historic homes and palaces to face the global world.

In the Travel section you'll find the Mekong 4000 Islands story, in Laos, and Kiev, Ukraine.

Jan 17, 2012


My latest story, shoot in December, in Myanmar, is now live in PadPlaces. Here is a presentation.

If you think of Burma like golden pagodas, saffron monks and political trouble, well, think again! There is a subtle revolution taking place in the country that no military or political power can control, also because is starting in their own households, with their own sons. Globalization is setting in the new generations with the regional pace, that means fast. As a lady from the Burmese exiled elite was noticing "skirts are going from ankle to groin forgetting the knees".
For the moment it is largely concentrated in the main cities, but is involving all social classes. The Iron Cross hard rock band has is supporters in every social group (buying Chines clothes, jeans, make up is very cheap) and the transformation can bypass the political control to change society from it's roots.

Fashion, cinema, music, shopping trends are redefining  the inner core of the national soul, and the recent political openings will be probably the entrance for an avalanche that will change this country forever.

For an insight to the future preparing it's ground you can give a look to my story, in PadPlaces (The Other Burma).

Also, available for free, is a presentation of my forthcoming TPW workshops for 2012.