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Giacomo Porra
Filmmaker | Photographer 

A selection of video and photo works.



A week in the cold cloud forest in San Antonio de Tequendama, Cundinamarca, near the famous Colombian waterfall. There, every night, Martin and Sebas - students, volunteers of the monitoring program - stayed up to look for and monitor the Andean night monkey, Aotus lemurinus. Observing the behavior of the group - composed of Maní and Mela with their calf, Morita -, noting coordinates and climbing the steep, wet trails. During the day, phenology walks and opening trails, to facilitate the work at night.


Ecotourism in Costa Rica is a balancing act. Tourist dollars fund conservation efforts for this park's rich biodiversity, like protecting endangered sea turtles. But uneducated visitors  and greedy businesspeople can disrupt wildlife and strain the environment. Somebody manages this by limiting numbers, regulating tours, and educating tourists. Responsible ecotourism ensures both economic benefits and long-term conservation.


A small selection of events and interviews, covered while working for a press office - communication company in Italy. 



worker transporting the unused part of the sugarcane to the furnace

Hand-picked coffee, handmade panela, hand-selected beans, hand-carried bananas, hand-woven sombreros, and hand-intertwined ritual leaves: in the rural south of Colombia, between the departments of Nariño and Putumayo, hands still play a vital role. These products reflect the rich mix of Indigenous and Spanish cultures, with the influence of neighboring Ecuador. However, artists often sell their goods at low prices to buyers who then mark them up significantly in commercial marketplaces, robbing them of the profits they deserve. Globalization has exacerbated this issue. Artisanal products sold at low prices outside their region struggle to compete with mass-produced goods. Here, farmers with centuries of knowledge and hands weathered by hard work sell their products for a pittance, only to see them resold for ten times the price in big-city markets.

These craftspeople and artisans are the custodians of invaluable knowledge. They deserve fair compensation for their work, not just to honor their skills but also to ensure this knowledge is passed down to future generations.


Don William, observing the canopy in search of spider monkeys

The Ciénaga Marimonda gets its name from the spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps) that were once abundant here. Deforestation, grazing, and hunting have nearly eradicated both the monkeys and the lush forest that was their home. Don William is the heart and soul of the conservation project established by Neotropical Primate Conservation in this community. For months, he's been diligently observing the monkeys' behavior and social dynamics. He remains optimistic about the future.

Through education, strong community involvement, and potentially a well-managed ecotourism project, Don William believes things can change. His goal is to protect this biodiverse haven, ensuring future generations will still hear the calls of spider monkeys echoing through what will remain the aptly named Ciénaga Marimonda.


The family

On the Pacific Guatemalan coast, between the sea and the mangroves, lives a family. Most of the children contribute to the family's livelihood: fishing and helping their father on the salt farm. The closest school is an hour's paddle away in the nearest village. They arrive on time, consistently by 8 o'clock. Yet Nicho, a fourteen-year-old boy, doesn't know how to read. This stark difference in the quality of education between urban and rural areas of the country is a major concern. Smiling faces, happy spirits, and a sense of freedom – these children embody resilience. However, the lack of a decent education leaves them forgotten by the state and trapped in poverty. These children will face significant challenges in pursuing their dreams, encountering closed doors at every turn. Born on the periphery, they are destined to struggle harder than their counterparts simply due to their circumstances.

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A haunting rhythm echoes – dun-dun-dun-pause, dun-dun-dun-pause. Half-drunk young men, adorned in vibrant traditional clothing and sunglasses, weave this constant beat with accordions and drums around the tombs. Their performance isn't free – coins are tossed in exchange for their music. Are they playing for the dead or the living? Perhaps for both.

Men and women with puffy eyes and lost gazes wander the hill of Romerillo in Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state. Throughout the year, this place serves as the community cemetery. But during the Days of the Dead, it transforms. A sea of orange cempasúchil (the traditional flower) blankets the landscape, and a whirlwind of emotions unfolds with tears, sugarcane spirits, lively dances, bustling markets, and even an amusement park.


Colombia's páramo ecosystem is undeniably the most charismatic. The excitement of high altitude – the páramo begins at 3,500 meters above sea level – combined with the unbelievable landscape creates a scene almost magical. The frailejón (Espeletia sp.) takes center stage, its unique shape, colors, and presence capturing the eye. This plant plays a crucial role in water retention, providing 70% of Colombia's drinking water. It is a fundamental friend that must be protected. The frailejón's circular structure, a mesmerizing pattern resembling a spring of freshwater, embodies its life-giving function. It stands as a symbol of hope, a reminder of the importance of safeguarding this vital ecosystem.


Italian freelance filmmaker, photographer and journalist. He worked for a press office - communication company in his country: in 2022 he started travelling around Mexico an central America, while doing projects with NGOs, association and organization focused on biodiversity and social themes. Now lives in Bogota, Colombia, and he's developing a project focused on primate conservation.

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