Marilena Delli Umuhoza is an Italian-Rwandan photographer, filmmaker, and author. For the past twelve 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 a right activist who 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. For over a decade, Delli has been speaking publicly about institutional racism within Italy and advocating for change in the current citizenship laws. 

In 2020, Marilena was named one of the "50 Women of the Year” (2020) by Italian National newspaper La Repubblica.

Author&Photographer

-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

Ustad Saami

Tanzania Albinism Collective

Jovanotti

Sainkho Namtchylak feat. Tinariwen

Malawi Mouse Boys

Bob Forrest

Homeless Oakland Heart

The Good Ones

Masters of Hanoi

Abatwa

Kong Nai & Khmer Rouge Survivors

General Paolino

Wayo (South Sudan)

West Bridge Band

Zmei Trei

Acholi Machon

Sheltered Workshop Singers

 

Speaker

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

Università degli Studi di Parma

Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Como

Teatro Metastasio, Prato

Festival Ottobre Africano, Roma

Università Migrante, Milano

 

News

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