After the Second World War, Belgium needed workforce for its factories and coal mines. The government made an agreement with Italy, who was facing an economic recession and a very high unemployment rate: workers in exchange of coal. Hundreds of Italians left their homes for the mines of Flanders and Wallonia, joined by their families shortly after. Today the Italian community still represents the biggest part of the foreign population in Belgium.
Maria is Sicilian, José is Belgian. Their story, one among many, reveals the shapes of a sometimes sorrowful integration in a region marked by the industrial era.
"The illegal act is not deviant in itself, but only in relation to the law that it breaks." Howard S. Becker
While I was living in Mexico I spent some time on the filming of a documentary with the inhabitants of a nursing home, in Guadalajara. The movie is a reflection about memory and waiting, as the frame of the nursing home slowly erases your identity. Living and interacting with their new friends and inmates, little by little the inhabitants recreate their own new story and identity.
"Mientras se espera", a documentary film by Paola Villanueva
It’s a freezing morning of February on the coast of the Djursland peninsula, in Northern Jutland. The wind is as cold as the water, the waves are as strong as the wind. Hour after hour, Jonas casts his line into the water, tirelessly. The catches are very rare.
Suddenly, it’s there. Jonas holds the fish in his hands. A moment later, it has disappeared again into the water. Contemplating the small silver scales shining on his fingers, he says proudly: "It’s the best reward".
While far-right ideologies in Europe are on the rise, an ongoing debate about identity is taking place in Denmark. Determined and proud of her religion, Jinan represents the diversity of what it means to be Danish.
Jinan's story was published in HEIMAT, a magazine created by the international Photo 1 students of the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) in April 2017. View the publication here: https://issuu.com/dmjx/docs/heimat_magazine_f17
In 1978, Louise Brown, the first “test-tube baby”, was born in Great-Britain thanks to in vitro fertilization. Robert Edwards, who was the promoter of the use of this technique, received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2010 for his research in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). He is now considered the father of more than five million children, the number of babies conceived by IVF since the birth of Louise Brown.
5.147 babies were born thanks to Assisted Reproductive Technology in Belgium in 2013; about 4% of the total births in the country. Immersion into the laboratory of the fertility clinic of the Erasme hospital in Brussels, one of the main centers for assisted procreation in Belgium.