giovedì 19 aprile 2018

DOCUMENTARY NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE - HUMAN RIGHTS


DOCUMENTARY VIEW
MEDITERRANEAN STORIES
project 2006- 2018
by 
Giacomo Palermo
(photographer and blogger global for human rights)
Candidate Pulitzer Prizes category Feature Photography and World Press Photo 2019

mercoledì 18 aprile 2018

FILM PULITZER PRIZES OFFICIAL by Giacomo Palermo for Pulitzer Prizes 2019 category Feature Photography


FILM PULITZER PRIZES OFFICIAL


Brother Biagio Conte, the Last Angel in the Heart of the Mediterranean

The wonderful documentary photography about the history of Brother Biagio Conte, produced by Giacomo Palermo and Pulitzer Prize candidate

by Giacomo Palermo


At age 26, Brother Biagio Conte left his life and a wealthy entrepreneurial future to devote himself entirely to the poor, the last ones that contemporary society abandoned to their fate. He risked his life several times. He supported thousands of people with incredible stories: people that came from Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Congo, Togo, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Palestine and Iraq.
“In this confusion the temptation becomes stronger to risk being swept away towards types of messianism which give promises but create illusions.”  (Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI – Development of Peoples 1967).
For this reason, the Mission of Hope and Charity of Palermo comes from the experience of those who seek the truth, true freedom and true peace, detached from the materialistic and consumeristic world. The Mission welcomes and assists over 1,000 people (women fleeing from persecution and slavery, men and children) thanks to the work of the missionaries: Brother Biagio, Don Pino, Brother John, Sister Mattia, Sister Alessandra and Sister Lucia, the active collaboration of brothers and sisters, and the great help of over 600 volunteers. Each community has a kitchen and a canteen where three meals a day are prepared and provided, and medical and pharmaceutical assistance are guaranteed to all, and welcomed showers and clothing services are provided to the many poor who knock daily on the door of Mission. Divided into three communities: two intended for ‘men welcome’ and for the hospitality of individual women or mothers with children. The founder of the Mission is Brother Biagio Conte, of the Italian Lay Missionary of St. Francis. A charitable man, brave and peaceful, he openly fights against poverty, indifference, environmental disasters, wars, the Mafia, opulence, corruption, selfishness, slavery of women and racism, in a difficult land like Sicily.
At age 26, Brother Biagio Conte left his life and a wealthy entrepreneurial  future to devote himself entirely to the poor, the last ones that contemporary society abandoned to their fate. He risked his life several times to snatch. He supported thousands of people with incredible stories: people that came from Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Congo, Togo, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Palestine and Iraq. They arrived in Sicily after facing a harrowing journey, crammed into boats. They survived any kind of problem. They found in Biagio’s support a place to sleep, a bowl of soup, a loaf of bread, a place where they were not treated as different, as aliens.
On 16 January 2014 it was announced that Brother Biagio Conte (who for years has been confined to a wheelchair because of some crushed vertebrae due to the exhaustingly hard work which has gone into the mission) started walking last summer through a scientifically inexplicable healing after he entered the Holy Waters of Lourdes. The Curia of Palermo has officially stated that it is a miracle. Since 2015, he has walked the spiritual walk by foot and with a cross on his shoulders from Sicily until he reached Pope Francesco I (he met with His Holiness at Santa Marta Church in a private audience). Next summer, he plans on reaching the European Alps.
20 Photos Candidate Pulitzer Prizes 2019 category Feature Photography




















giovedì 15 marzo 2018

BIAGIO CONTE


BIAGIO, the last Angel in the hearth of the Mediterranean.

Reportage
by
Giacomo Palermo







“Una Storia impossibile che ha il pregio di essere Vera” (Paolo Mauri)






BIAGIO, the last Angel in the hearth of the Mediterranean.

Reportage by Giacomo Palermo

"In this state of chaos becomes more violent the temptation to dangerously drag messianism which give promises but create illusions" (Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI - Development of Peoples 1867). For this reason, the Mission of Hope and Charity of Palermo comes from the experience of those who seek the truth, true freedom and true peace, detached from the materialistic and consumerist world. The Mission welcomes and assists over 1000 people (women fled from persecution and slavery, men and children) thanks to the work of the missionaries: Brother Biagio, Don Pino, Brother John, Sister Mattia, Sister Alessandra and Sister Lucia and the active collaboration of own brothers and sisters and greeted the great help of over 600 volunteers. Each community has a kitchen and a canteen where three meals a day, is also guaranteed medical and pharmaceutical assistance to all brothers and welcomed showers and clothing services are distributed to the many poor who daily knock on the door of Mission. Divided into three communities: two intended for 'men welcome and for the hospitality of individual women or mothers with children. The founder of the Mission's Brother Biagio Conte, Italian lay missionary; a St. Francis of our day. A charitable man, brave and peace-wheel; to face fighting opened against poverty, indifference, environmental disasters, wars, the mafia, the opulence, corruption, selfishness, slavery of women and racism in a difficult land like Sicily. Palermo from a wealthy family, at age 26 he left his life and a wealthy entrepreneur future to devote himself entirely to the poor, the last ones that contemporary society abandoned to their fate. He risks his life several times to snatch the City since 1993 some structures become large residential centers, its City of Joy who welcome and take care of the needs of more than a thousand people a day, thanks to Italian and foreign wealthy gifts. Joining him, volunteers from all backgrounds and religions, academics, professors, the brothers and sisters who take care of the refugees and the poor from other worlds. Thousands of stories that require timely intervention. Fleeing from hunger, but more often from war, persecution. They come from Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Congo, Togo, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Palestine and Iraq. They arrive in Sicily after facing a harrowing journey, crammed into boats as those arriving in Lampedusa in recent days. The impact with our big cities is a disaster, our well-being do not know anything, do not understand how it works and how it is distributed. They are welcome to the reception centers such as Lampedusa, facilities often inadequate for the exceptional waves of migration, living conditions are not what they were hoping for in their dreams. Waiting for a temporary sheet to go where they want to go in Italy by Biagio Conte in search of a place to sleep, a soup, a loaf of bread, a place where you are not treated as different, alien. While waiting for their hands are gripping finally allowed to stay, they live in a state of suspension. Prisoners of Italian bureaucracy, can not sign a contract, make do in all ways in order to survive and not be a burden to our society. Meanwhile collaborate on projects of the City of Joy and help to cook, distribute live and cloakrooms. Muslim women, atheist, Hindu knows that in these places no one will try to impose another God. On 16 January 2014 it was announced that Brother Biagio Conte, for years confined to a wheelchair because of some crushed vertebrae as a result of exhausting hard work which has gone into the mission; since last summer had started walking through a scientifically inexplicable healing after a dive in the waters of Lourdes. The Curia of Palermo has officially stated that it is a miracle. Since 2015 he has walked the spiritual walk by foot and with a cross on his shoulders from Sicily till he reached Pope Francesco I (he meet at Santa Marta Church in a private audience) in the future he will reach the European Alps next summer.

DOCUMENTARY NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE - HUMAN RIGHTS

DOCUMENTARY VIEW MEDITERRANEAN STORIES project 2006- 2018 by  Giacomo Palermo (photographer and blogger global for human rights)...