Francesco Cabras

Cabras began to photograph and print in the darkroom at eleven. At twenty, along with studies for the future degree in Psychology he began working as a journalist and photographer for many Italian newspapers spending long periods in Asia doing reportages, working as a travel guide and taking care of sustainable tourism projects. He creates photographic and documentary campaigns for Greenpeace with which he has been collaborating for more than twenty years, along wth other NGOs as A Bridge for Baghdad, Terre des Hommes, Amref, Med React and ONU’s agency IFAD. His photos have been used for the covers of CDs by Al Di Meola, Sergio Cammariere, Nada, Claudio Lolli, Andrea Parodi, Luca Madonia etc. He exhibits in solo exhibitions in Italy and abroad (details to follow). He is co-author of guides on India, Amsterdam and Burma. In ’96 he managed to interview the future Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Rangoon. His fairy tale ‘L’isola della Quorina’ wins the Andersen international literary prize and is published in the special edition of the Moleskine agendas dedicated to Bruce Chatwin. As a director he founded the production company Ganga in 2000, specializing in music videos, documentaries of creation, visual art and commercials. With Alberto Molinari he co-directed and co-directed photography with the majority of his works, many of which were selected and awarded at international festivals. Among the feature films documentaries ‘The Big Question’ is produced by Mel Gibson and distributed in US theaters by ThinkFilm becoming the first Italian feature documentary distributed in US cinemas. Among the various productions he directed videoclips and musical films for Al Di Meola, Max Gazzè, Vasco Brondi, Caparezza, Sergio Cammariere, Giorgia, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio and Nada. He has created programs and documentaries for RAI, TMC and the Sette including ‘LeggerMente’ co-directed with Mario Balsamo, and two monographic episodes of SFERA on India. Also with Molinari he directed for Sky CULT TV a cycle of visual art, among which ‘Paleoliche’, which won the Festarte festival including ‘Young Blood’, the publication of the Italian talents awarded in the world, the work was used by Greenpeace for the national pro-energy wind campaign. Another cycle of video art, ‘Gente che contano’, is inserted in the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato and in the retrospective ‘The experimental route of Italian cinema’ at the 49th International Film Festival of Pesaro. Occasionally working on the other side of the camera, he won the award for best actor at the Nanni Moretti Sacher Festival with Voro Venturi’s ‘Cosmos Hotel’. He then performed in international productions such as ‘The Passion of the Christ’ by Oscar-winning Mel Gibson, ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Oscar winner John Madden, Kurt Wimmer’s ‘Equilibrium’, Linda de Franco’s ‘The Obscure brother’. He is the protagonist of Louis Nero’s ‘Rasputin’. Cabras is the author of lyrics of songs including the triple platinum album ‘Tre parole’. He is the singer of the band North Sentinel.

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