Film. Fashion. Life — and not necessarily in that order. I am a blogger and journalist who was born in Florence, Italy and grew up in NYC.
I've written about Indian films, cinema from MENA and world culture for a number of publications, including Vogue Italia, The National, Empire Arabia, Tehelka, FirstPost, Chic Today, elan, EGO, Shawati' Abu Dhabi, The Arab Review, Tatler Homes Singapore and AVS TV, where I was also an on-air reporter. During my years there, I covered film festivals, NY Fashion Week and interviewed Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities. For Beirut-based luxury magazine Bespoke, I have written articles on such diverse subjects as shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Arab arts in the US, Palestinian writer Rula Jebreal and the Tata buyout of Jaguar Land Rover. For the last seven years I blogged regularly about film, fashion and food on the Huffington Post USA and occasionally on l'Huffington Post Italia.
My article on Wes Anderson's latest film 'Isle of Dogs' was published in the April 2018 issue of Vogue Italia. And an interview I conducted with Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki about her Palme d'Or contender 'Capharnaüm' kicked off The National's coverage of last year's Festival de Cannes. I also wrote about Nandita Das' 'Manto' in Un Certain Regard for FirstPost.
I find film writing is a form of cultural activism. Just think of me as the Anna Wintour of independent cinema. If it’s worth watching, you’ll find it on this website.
I write in and speak fluent Italian as well. My loves are cinema with a conscience and easy to wear fashions because they possess the ability to change the world.
I’m also a voting member of the International Cinephile Society and I blog about the power of cinema in achieving a better, more productive life for Arianna Huffington’s latest venture, Thrive Global.
As my work interests shift, I’ve found myself moderating a few fascinating talks and panels. In Cannes, one with women filmmakers from the MENA Region, at the Saudi Pavilion. At the 2018 Locarno Festival, I moderated a chat with America's sweetheart, actress Meg Ryan.
And most recently, the engrossing “In Conversation with Ralph Fiennes” during the 40th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival.