• About Maria Luisa Gambale

    Maria Luisa Gambale, a graduate of Harvard University, lives in New York City. She produces film and media projects and is director of the 2011 film "Sarabah," about the Senegalese rapper-activist Sister Fa. Gambale's video work can be viewed at www.veradonnafilms.com. She is currently working on the production team for National Geographic's "Explorer" series.

    At the UN, a New Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Is Adopted by 122 Nations

    by  • July 7, 2017 • Disarmament, Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Nuclear Disarmament • 

    Nuclear buildup and threat of nuclear war became a front-page item this past week, after Kim Jong Un’s declaration of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, confirmed on July 4 by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Such headlines — proclaimed on America’s Independence Day — remind the public of the ever-present specter...

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    In Italy, a Patchwork of Services for Migrants Arriving at Its Shores [Video]

    by  • August 5, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Migration, Refugees • 

    ROME — Italy is a slender peninsula ringed by 4,722 miles of coastline, a blessing that brings thousands of Italians to the sea each August for Ferragosto, the country’s summer vacation period. The coastline — one of the longest in the world — has also been attracting boats full of refugees and migrants, in...

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    What Good Can a Film Do?

    by  • June 30, 2014 • Asia, Human Rights, Poverty, Refugees • 

    ISTANBUL — In 2013, Daniela Kon founded the Social Impact Media Awards to give a boost to a certain kind of documentary film. Documentaries don’t usually make a lot of money. Except for a few lucky theatrical or television releases each year that manage to do more than break even, most documentary films are...

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