Fernando Molerés

Spain
BIOGRAPHY

Born in Bilbao 1963. Based in Barcelona.

Grants and Awards

Tim Hetheringtom Grant Award by Human Right Watch and World Press Photo.

Deeper Perspective Award, Lucie Awards 2012, Los Angeles (USA)

Finalist W. Eugene Smith prize 2011.

Leica prize in 8th Festival Images, Vevey 2011

POY Picuture Of The Year 2011: World Understanding Award

World Press Photo 2011, Daily Life Series - Juveniles in Prision

Beca Revela 2009. Children in African prisons.

World Press Photo 2003, series Art, Amsterdam.

W. Eugene Smith Prize (2 prize) 1999. New York.

World Press Photo, series daily life. 1998. Amsterdam.

Eugene Smith Prize, 1997. New York, USA.

Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, 1996. Sweden Finalist

International Prize "Juan Carlos King of Spain", 1995.Spain

Mother Jones Grant, 1994. Los Angeles, USA.

ADDICTS TO INTERNET IN CHINA

They are young and live hooked to the Network. Their desperate parents finish asking for specialized help. A global problem that in China has begun to address interning the kids at detoxification clinics inspired in military discipline and founder by a military doctor.

No other nation in the world has as many Internet users as China--about 600 million.  And no other has as many people connected to wireless Internet via their cell phones, especially in the big cities.  However, this new state of affairs has spawned a serious side effect: an addiction to the Internet and, more so, to online games.  Thousands of young people end up secluded in their rooms or in cybercafes, incapable of initiating friendships; connecting for long periods of time that can last several days; and triggering destructive social and family turmoil.  Some even die.

Concerned over the increase in cases for which there was no cure, Tao Ran, a colonel in the People’s Liberation Army and a psychiatrist specializing in addictions, decided to design a system so the afflicted, ranging from 12-year-old adolescents to 30something-year-old adults, can overcome their addictive behaviour.  Combining psychological and medical therapy with strict military training, he not only works with the addicts but also their closest family members, the latter being both agents and victims of a problem that engenders extremely turbulent relationships, resulting even in violence.  Many of these parents accept being interned in Tao’s centre with their child.  Having demonstrated its effectiveness, his model is spreading throughout China, and the colonel intends to take the program worldwide.

To provide an overall vision of this new drug in 21st century China and the controversy the proposed solution is instigating, we not only interviewed Colonel Tao but cohabited with the interns and their parents in the centre.  We examine the entire treatment process through the eyes of different patients: from the moment the interns arrive under false pretences, not knowing they will be isolated for the next 8 months; their first reactions, often violent; their assimilation of their problem; their therapy with their parents; and the cure.

Chernobyl's shadow

The Chernobyl accident can be likened to a huge dirty bomb, an explosion that spewed radioactive material in all directions. The blast was followed by a fire that sent even more contaminants into the atmosphere that were then carried by winds across the region and into Western Europe.

The Soviet Union built an old sarcophagus in a record time to cover the reactor and the 200 tons of radioactive material inside.

30 years later an international consortium headed by a French company called Novarka, are engaged in a Pharaonic enterprise whose aim is to secure the devastated nuclear reactor against radioactive leakage for at least the next hundred years.

The Last Volunteers of Lesbos

While Europe entered an ongoing identity crisis, many Europeans travelled to Lesvos to redefine European identity not by words but by their philanthropic actions. Together, these last volunteers of Lesbos tell the story of a humane response to the greatest quest that Europe has yet to face in the 21st century.

With the ratification of the EU–Turkey Agreement, the refugee crisis reaches a turning point. It also marks the end of the humanitarian commitment of the volunteers in Lesvos, who no longer have access to the official camps.

 

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