Marilena Delli Umuhoza is an Italian photographer, filmmaker and author of Rwandan origins. For the past twelve years she has been partnering with American Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan. Her works have gained international recognition and focus on artists from under-represented countries like Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia.

Marilena is also a right activist and has written two books on racism in Italy, based on her personal experience growing up in one of the most conservative areas in the country. For over a decade she has been speaking publicly about the institutional racism in Italy and advocating for a change in the current laws that determine citizenship.



-Antidoti contro la rabbia (Anger Antidotes) -translation

-Razzismo all'italiana (Racism Italian Style) -memoir

-How music dies -photos

-Silenced by sound -photos

-Negretta: baci razzisti (Little Black Girl: Racist Kisses)- novel


Independent videographer

Zomba Prison Project

God is not a terrorist

Tanzania Albinism Collective


Sainkho Namtchylak feat. Tinariwen

Malawi Mouse Boys

Bob Forrest

Homeless Oakland Heart

The Good Ones

Masters of Hanoi


Kong Nai & Khmer Rouge Survivors

General Paolino

Wayo (South Sudan)

West Bridge Band

Zmei Trei

Acholi Machon

Sheltered Workshop Singers



Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco

Festival del Cinema d'Africa, Asia e America Latina, Milano

Università di Urbino

Biblioteca Nazionale, Torino

Accademia delle Scienze, Roma

Collina Italiana, New York



The Good Ones from Rwanda are guests at NPR Tiny Desk Concerts. Watch the video recorded inside Adrien's hut, one day after the flood that displaced thousands of people and killed a dozen.


The Malawi Mouse Boys are guests at NPR Tiny Desk Concerts. Watch the video recorded at Muligo's village, in front of his hut.


Marilena and Ian's record "God is not a terrorist" by Ustad Saami got nominated in the ASIA category of the Songlines Music Awards 2020