About the Filmmakers: Paolo Barberi & Riccardo Russo (THE WELL: WATER VOICES FROM ETHIOPIA)

Filmmakers The Well

  • Story: Mario Michelini.
  • Direction: Paolo Barberi & Riccardo Russo.
  • Screenplay: Barberi P., Michelini M., Russo R.

Riccardo Russo, born in 1974, is an Italian independent filmmaker working in the field of social documentary production. With a PhD in Human Geography and a specialization in Audiovisuals for Human Rights, he founded in 2004 “Esplorare la Metropoli” Researchers and Filmmakers Association together with Paolo Barberi, co director with him of the documentary film THE WELL – Water voices from Ethiopia. During the last years he realized several publications and documentary films on socio-environmental themes and human rights, collaborating with Film Productions, Universities and NGOs worldwide.


2002 L’altra Faccia di eGoli (The other face of Egoli) – AUDIENCE PRIZE, ROMA DOCFEST 2003
2003 Lipompong – CHATWIN PRIZE 2003.
2006 L’altro Lazio
2007 La preghiera del minatore di Opale (Opal Miner’s Prayer) – MIGRANT MEMORY PRIZE 2007.
2011 The Well – Water voices from Ethiopia.
2011 Piazza Tiburtino Terzo (Tiburtino Terzo Square).

Paolo Barberi born in Ravenna (Italy) in 1968, anthropologist and filmmaker, learned the basics of editing and shooting as grant holder at the Visual Anthropology Laboratory “Diego Carpitella” – Sapienza University of Rome. His research fields are in particular urban studies and visual and media anthropology. He founded in 2004 the Esplorare la Metropoli Researchers and Filmmakers Association together with Riccardo Russo, co director with him of the documentary film The Well, Water voices from Ethiopia. He is now teaches cultural anthropology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.


2009 Città di mezzo (In Beetween City) –  Special Award at ROME DOCSCIENT
2011 The Well – Water voices from Ethiopia.

Mario Michelini born in Frascati, 1975 is a Geographer and filmmaker, who works in international development and specializes in indigenous issues.

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