©Mélania Avanzato

©Mélania Avanzato

Hi!

I’m Prune –that means « plum »-, an 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, GEO, L’Obs, M, Arte, Grazia, Madame Figaro, Vice….

I have been awarded the Prix Louise Weiss du journalisme européen (two times), the Prix Philippe Chaffanjon du reportage multimedia, shortlisted for the European Press Prize and encouraged by countless grants (SCAM*, Journalism Fund…) As a freelance reporter in a collapsing media industry, this support helped me (like a lot) to carry on in-depth stories.

Over the last decade, I chose to dedicate myself to reportages. 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 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 flirting with the djihad, was published in France in June 2015 and shortlisted for the Prix ESJ-Maison Blanche. Copies are available in bookstores or Amazon.

Plumaberlin is a subjective portfolio, displaying my latest publications and projects, as well as personal insights about Berlin.

 

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

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