Meeting with Laura Silvia Battaglia and Gianmarco Maraviglia

From Baghdad to Mosul there is an extraordinary cultural ferment: young directors make short and feature films and win prizes. This is the case of Hanging Gardens, an apologue on the loss of innocence that was awarded the prize for post-production at the Venice Film Festival, in the Final Cut section. On the occasion of the meeting, Laura Silvia Battaglia and Gianmarco Maraviglia present a reportage made in Iraq to document the extraordinary revolution that is taking place in the country in the field of cinematographic and audiovisual creativity. A dynamic sector in full development, which tells a dramatic reality and the hopes of a people: directors, authors and actors spread their vision of the world without making a revolution in the streets, but through cinema.

Laura Silvia Battaglia
Journalist. Since 2007 he has been working in the war zones of the Middle East. It deals with crime, human rights, terrorism and arms trafficking. Contributor of the “Washington Post”, he collaborates with international newspapers and broadcasters and Italian media (“Avvenire”, “La Stampa”, “La Repubblica”, “L’Espresso”, Sky, Tv2000, Rai 3). Conducts Foreign Radio3Mondo. He has produced, shot and distributed ten documentaries. He wrote the e-book Letters from Guantanamo (Il Reportage, 2016) and, with Paola Cannatella, the graphic novel The Yemeni bride (Becco Giallo, 2017), translated into four languages.

Gianmarco Maraviglia
Photojournalist. He mainly deals with social and environmental stories. His projects have been published in some of the most important international newspapers, such as «Der Spiegel», «Washington Post», «CNN», «National Geographic», «Vanity Fair», «Bloomberg», «Newsweek» and many others. His photos have been exhibited in various exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and are part of some private collections. He was the founder and director of the Echo Photojournalism agency and is a lecturer in Photography at the European Institute of Design and Photographic Workshops in Milan.