Sara Creta is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary filmmaker, with extensive experience investigating human rights abuses. Over the past years, she documented on-the-ground conditions in forced migration situation, human rights violation, crisis management and cultures in transition.
Sara’s recent bodies of work in Libya include “Libya, No Escape from Hell” a 60 minutes-long documentary for ARTE filmed in Libya on the entire detention system and the role of the militias; a joint-investigation by Lighthouse Reports, Der Spiegel, ARD, Liberation and Il Domani on the role played by Frontex air surveillance assets in the intercepting and returning asylum-seekers to Libya and “The Ship That Stopped 7,000 Migrants, and Smuggled 700,000 Cigarettes” for The New York Times, an investigation on an Italian warship that was deployed to Tripoli to help combat people-smugglers.
In 2019, she was in Sudan to cover the uprising for the ARTE, a Franco-German free-to-air television network and she co-authored a 22 minutes documentary on Women’s stories from the frontline of Sudan’s revolution.
In the past, she has worked with the German Television ZDF on a documentary about Libya and EU policies; on a documentary series on migration in the Mediterranean for NRK, television in Norway; filmed at the border between Morocco and Spain with RAI, Italian television.
Her work has appeared on The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, RTE, Arte, NRK, ZDF, AJ+, Channel 4, The Guardian, Middle East Eye, Euronews, BBC, The New Humanitarian, O Globo, Equal Times, El Diario, El Pais, La Repubblica.
She has been working in the field with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in humanitarian contexts like Libya, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh. In 2016, as part of MSF’s campaign to highlight the deadly routes refugees and migrants are taking to Europe, she spent 4 months on a search and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.
Striking imagery in her archives include counties like Brasil, Argentina, Paraguay, Morocco, Sudan, Cameroon, Libya, Tunisia, Palestine, Gaza, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda, Lake Chad and Bangladesh.
She studied journalism at Universities in Greece, Brazil and Morocco. With a Master’s degrees in International cooperation and protection of Human Rights (2015, cum laude) from the University of Bologna, she focuses much of her research on internet governance with a focus on the impact of Internet policy on human rights. She’s investigating how dissident actors use internet technologies in affecting political action vis-a-vis the horn of Africa region and politics. Recently, she has been awarded a research fellowship in journalism at the Institute for Future Media and Journalism, Dublin City University.
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