Cecile Allegra

Prix Albert Londres, Documentary filmmaker

Born in Rome, Italy, Cécile Allegra is a award-winner writer, film maker and screenwriter. Since 1999, she has been working as a documentary filmmaker and reporter around the world, focusing on human trafficking and the evolution of mafias in the Mediterranean area. In 2014 she received the Prix Albert Londres. She is best known for : -Voyage en barbarie (Public Sénat / France Ô), 2014, a documentary that tells the story of the long exile between Sweden and Egypt of six young boys, all survivors of the Sinai torture camps. The film wins more than 15 French and international awards, including the Albert Londres Prize. - Italy-mafia: a bloody pact (France 3) unveils fifty years of a historic pact between the Italian state and the Sicilian mafia to control the 4th most powerful European country . - In 2017-2018, she works on sexual violence in the Libyan civil war, in 2011 and discovered the existence of a war rape system targeting men (2011-2018), alongside Céline Bardet, international lawyer. The film Unspeakable Crime (Arte) wins the OMCT Prize 2018 at the FIFDH in Geneva, the RSF Prize at the Figra 2018, the Grand Prize at the PRIMED 2018 Festival, and has been awarded a Star of the Scam (France’s writers and filmmaker’s society). A screenwriter graduated from FEMIS cinema school she’s just been distinguished by StudioCanal for her second long feature script « Vesuvio » written at the Cannes Storytelling Institute (with the mentoring of UCLA). A human right activist, she has founded Limbo, a small ngo that supports torture camps survivors. She regularly speaks in schools, universities and public institutions about human trafficking un the Horn of Africa.

Cecile is speaking at

Crime & Corruption
September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Atrium, Der Spiegel



Exposing ethnic cleansing and war crimes takes a special set of  skills, ranging from intense work with interviews in the field to careful documentation in the newsroom. And an approach that will help protect both the victims and yourself. Come hear from these widely experienced journalists on how they've done some of the toughest work in journalism. Freelancer Leila Minano has covered at length the war in Syria and the use of rape as a weapon of war. Filmmaker Cecile Allegra has covered war zones in central Asia and Africa, with a focus on the Libyan civil war. And Reuters' Andrew Marshall shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the attacks on and explusion of the Rohynga in Myanmar. 

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