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Abdel, the Sudanese poet in Paris

Abdelmoniem Rahma is a Sudanese born poet and journalist now living in Paris. He received asylum because of his political commitment in Sudan, which sent him to jail in his home country, with the risk of death penalty. Later, he managed to escape to Ethiopia, but then again he was …

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Storytelling in train stations: Umbria special

Today I joined a class called Sunrise film walk, organised by visual journalist Robb Montgomery  at the International Journalism festival in Perugia. Our task was to create a short video in half an hour, so I decided to go to the nearest railway station, Perugia Sant’Anna, where trains have been substituted by …

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The Chinese and the Nigerian at Perugia railway station

Three continents at one coffee table. Perugia is an international little city, home to the University for Foreigners, this Umbrian town is at the centre of Italy, among beautiful Appennines. This week it will be home to a Journalism festival, where our founder, Italian journalist Francesco Conte, is participating to …

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What I learned by discussing with Muslims in France

“My mother thought I was spending time with terrorists”, tells us Wei, a Taiwanese artist who spent some time in Marseille, France, where she had a chance to talk with people she would have never met in Taiwan. “In Taiwan very few people know about international politics, and we never …

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The most controversial neighborhood of Berlin: Kotti

Joseph is a Canadian-Italian author living in Berlin, we meet him near Kottbusser Tor also known as Kotti. Kotti is “the centre of the ertswhile-radical SO36 district in Kreuzberg. The surrounding kiez of immigrant housing, punk bars, gay clubs and halal eateries is diminutive, but packs a punch of contrasts. …

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Railway station memories in Tata, Hungary

Anna is an English teacher and journalist who was born in Hungary, where she cherishes most of her childhood memories in the small town of Tata. Here, in Tata’s railway station, she shares some personal stories about her family house, where her grandfather used to hide citizens of Jewish origin, to help …

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Choosing a life: scientist or musician?

Edoardo is an astrophysics researcher, but he’s also a musician. We meet him in Torino Porta Nuova railway station, where he plays hang drum for us, along with his girlfriend Ekaterina dancing to his rhythm. After years working as a scientist, he’s wondering how he can combine his two passions, …

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