VINICIUS SASSINE is 34 years old and is Brazilian. He studied Journalism and Economics in Brazil, where he has been a reporter since 2003, active in the country’s largest newspapers, including O Globo. In Barcelona, he completed his Masters in the Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2016 and 2017.
His work has a strong focus on social and human rights. It is the tone he is now looking for in his documentaries. Vinicius has won several national and international journalism awards. Among them is the 2016 Rey de España (King of Spain) International Journalism Award (Press Category), convened 34 years ago by Agencia EFE and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
MARIANA PASCHOAL is a 33-year-old video journalist and audio-visual producer. She has worked on the creation of video for web in the editorial offices of the Brazilian magazines Veja, Bravo and Capricho. Currently, she’s working freelance undertaking video reporting and content projects for brands.
She gained experience in post-production for cinema as a sound assistant at Mega Studios where she helped in the design and mixing of films including Rinha, O Bem Amado and O Menino da Porteira. She completed her Masters in the Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2016 and 2017.
JULIEN MÉRIENNE is French-Colombian, 28 years old. For more than 10 years, he did all kinds of artistic work in the streets of Bogotá. With a pick and shovel, with a brush and spray paint, with a camera and a computer. Together with the collective Multinacional Parque para todxs, (Multinational parks for all) he developed alternative educational practices, in public spaces, to encourage the convergence of different artistic currents and formats.
In the daily struggle for freedom of expression and the search for respect for human rights, for the seed, for life and for water, they came together in the development of audio-visual and community communication projects through photographic, artistic and social experimentation. He completed his Masters in the Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2016 and 2017.
MARIA CHATZI was born in 1989 in Athens. She studied at the Film School of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Aristotélico in Thessaloniki and participated in several workshops on non-fiction cinema. She made her first documentary short film Public Spaces (2011) about the Occupy movement in Belgrade, Serbia.
In 2012, she participated in the documentary A Travel Story (2012), the final year project of her classmate Eirini Sampani. Her second documentary Los Perros / The Dogs (2013) deals with the life and eviction of a community of immigrants from Senegal in the caves of San Miguel Alto in Granada. In 2016, she completed the editing of the documentary feature film by Omiros Evangelinos Guardians of Aegean (2016), which participated in the International Documentary Festival in Thessaloniki. The film’s first screening was on Greece’s public channel ERT3. She completed her Masters in the Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2016 and 2017.