©Mélania Avanzato
©Mélania Avanzato


I’m Prune –that means « plum »-, a (very) independent journalist and author. Born in France in 1981, I am based in Berlin since 2008, after having lived in England, Spain, Hungary, Brussels or Paris.

My print and multimedia stories focus mainly on the contradictions of post-soviet world, women issues or the aftermaths of conflicts. My collaborations include Médiapart, Géo, M, L’Obs, Arte, Grazia, Madame Figaro, Vice….I have been awarded two times the Prix Louise Weiss du Journalime européen, shortlisted for the European Press Prize and supported by countless grants (SCAM, Journalism Fund…) and acknowledments. 

Over the last decade, I chose to dedicate myself to reportages. Among others stories, I got « embedded » with the Pussy Riot, witnessing a special ‘anti-Poutine’ action in the outskirts of Moskow. I related the sufferings of raped Bosnian women during Balkan’s bloodiest conflict and investigated the rumors of organs trafficking in Kosovo. I explored the Baltic Sea to discover WW2 underwater chemical and conventional munitions and met the neo-nazis from ‘Golden Dawn’ movement in Greece. I also covered the last presidential campaign of Ben Ali in Tunisia, asked the Azerbaidjani youths what they think about their President, wrote about the boom of islamic fashion in Turkey. I looked into surrogate mothers business in Ukraine, interviewed Belarussian dissidents and visited Georgian and Southern Ossetian displaced persons since 2008 war against Russia. More recently, I depicted the rise of the AfD party and the migrants crisis in Germany, as well as the re-militarization of Kaliningrad and the Cold War’s feelings sprouting around Eastern Europe.

My first non fiction book, La Fille & Le Moudjahidine, describing my friendship with a MMA fighter and refugee living in Germany and flirting with the djihad, was published in France in June 2015. Copies are available in bookstores or Amazon.

I am also regularly managing cross-border editorial projects and always happy to participate to media cooperation workshops abroad.

Plumaberlin is a subjective portfolio, displaying some of my reportages and projects, as well as personal insights about Berlin.


 ©All pictures on the blog are mine, if the contrary is not mentioned.