Marilena Delli Umuhoza is an Italian-Rwandan photographer, filmmaker, and author. For the past thirteen years she has partnered with American Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan. Her work has been featured in the likes of BBC, CNN, NPR, Rolling Stone, and focus on artists from under-represented countries like Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Romania. Brennan and Delli’s work on the Grammy-nominated Zomba Prison Project album was featured on the front-page of the New York Times and in an Emmy-winning segment of 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper reporting.
Marilena is also an Author and has written two books about racism in Italy. These books are based on her personal experience growing up with an immigrant mother in one of Italy's most conservative regions.
Marilena is the co-host and curator of a national radio show in Italy devoted to Italian African descendants. For over a decade, Delli has been speaking publicly about institutional racism within Italy and advocating for changes to the existing citizenship laws.
In 2020, Marilena was named one of the "50 Women of the Year” (2020) by the major Italian national daily newspaper, La Repubblica.
-Antidoti contro la rabbia (Anger Antidotes) -translation
-How music dies -photos
-Silenced by sound -photos
Università La Sapienza, Roma
Santa Clara University, California
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco
Festival del Cinema d'Africa, Asia e America Latina, Milano
Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia
Cardiff University, UK
Indiana University, US
Bath University, UK
Biennale Fotografia Femminile, Mantova
Università degli studi di Urbino
Università degli studi di Parma
Biblioteca Nazionale, Torino
Accademia delle Scienze, Roma
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Como
Teatro Metastasio, Prato
Festival Ottobre Africano, Roma
Mudec -Museo delle culture, Milano (permanent exposition)
A review of "The First Time I Wore Hearing Aids" by Jamaican British poet Raymond Antrobus on NPR. Read the interview with Raymond and music producer Ian Brennan featuring photos by Marilena.
The bureaucratic ordeal of bringing artists from Comoros to England in a powerful photo/video/story by Ian Brennan and Marilena.
Ustad Saami is the Asia&Pacific winner of the Songlines Awards 2022 with Ian and Marilena's record "East Pakistan Sky" (Glitterbeat Records).
The Good Ones's new record came out on April the 8th, one day after the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Check out Marilena's interview on "Rwanda... you see ghosts, I see sky" on BBC World (46 min 40 sec).
"Remembering 'Small,' the funeral singer who made joyful music in the face of death": Marilena and Ian's tribute to Small, the extraordinary artist who worked on the record "Funeral Songs", on NPR.
Witch Camp Ghana, "I've Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be" is now available. Read the outstanding review by The Guardian and NPR.