The Heroine’s Journey of Maria Cristina Fraddosio

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love my job because it allows me to touch humanity, learn stories, have a face to face contact with people and hear their testimonies. Storytelling events is a great privilege that increases the hope of creating a better world. When people are informed, they can take their lives in their hands and change history.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Buddhism teaches me to distinguish relative happiness from absolute happiness. Relative happiness depends on the events that we live. Absolute happiness is a condition that is independent from the outside environment. It is a conquest renewed in every moment. It is an inner state that one achieves when perceives the sacredness of life. I aim to achieve absolute happiness!

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is the ferocity of indifference that men are able to use to overpower others. It is when the logic of profit prevails the common sense and everyone’s well-being. My greatest fear is that the world will continue to be governed by abstract economic principles that will cause suffering to people and will destroy the planet.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I’m training to be less strict to myself. Sometimes precision and rigor can become limits. Fortunately, all our traits, if enlightened, are the tools to become happy and aware of our infinite potential.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

The colleague I most respect is a Mexican journalist. Her name is Anabel Hernández. She is the author of several enquiries on drug trafficking and the collusion between politicians and drug traffickers. I will never forget her passion denouncing the Ayotzinapa’s massacre.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Cartoons. I often say that it will come a time when I will stop being an investigative journalist and start writing screenplay for cartoons. That day is still far away. In the meantime I watch many of them and I enjoy it.

On what occasion would I lie?

I have a repulsion for lies. I love my job because I like to find the truth. But I think there have been cases in history, Oskar Schindler is an example, in which lies have saved the lives of many people. If I had to choose between saving a life and a lie, I would choose the first one.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I hate censorship. I dislike that journalists sometimes are forced to choose between salary and truth. Or worse, between life and truth. I dislike fake news and cynicism.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I reached the peak of happiness in Lecce during the first screening of my documentary “Mena” focused on protests against the big pipeline that will arrive from Azerbaijan to Italy. The hall room was crowded. I will never forget that long applause. Despite suffering for the abuses, it was an exciting moment for the Melendugno’s citizens too.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would not change anything. Now is the time to deepen the knowledge of myself, to become my ally and improve myself day by day with the people I’m lucky to meet.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My greatest success came when one of my enquiries, concerning the lives of 30 thousand people, was rewarded. For me it was important, because that investigation was removed 4 hours after publication and today only a very small version is online. For sure I will be happier when the judiciary will shed a light on this story.

Where would I most like to live?

I would like to live in a more honest and fairier world. Until that moment, I enjoy my life everywhere.

What is my most treasured possession?

My life.

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I love the fishing village in my native city, Bari. While in Rome, where I currently live, there is a bridge across the river that catches my eye.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

In Bari my favorite restaurant is “Le Rune”. In Rome, “Il Ragioniere”.

What books influenced my life and how?

The books that influenced my life are the writings of a Buddhist monk named Nichiren Daishonin, “The New Human Revolution” by Daisaku Ikeda, “The grape and the wind” by Pablo Neruda, “A people of ants” by Tommaso Fiore. Each one has a specific role in my life. They are my guides and my roots.

Who are my favorite writers?

As a poet Pablo Neruda with his civil poetry. As novelists, Italo Calvino, Giovanni Verga and Cesare Pavese.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I believe that we live since the infinite past, so I have already died and reborn many times. But in this life on my last day, I would like to hear daimoku, that is my Buddhist prayer: Nam myoho renge kyo. And then the songs of Bob Marley and Miriam Makeba.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I do not have a hero. Do I have to worry?

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My heroes are ordinary people who are committed in improving themselves and the place where they live.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Can I recommend a cartoon? “Up”.

What role plays art in my life and work?

I believe that art is beauty and sublimation. I try to look for it everywhere.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My dad.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

With many young people from all over the world.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

I like to surprise myself.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

My desire for 2019 is working in an editorial office and collaborate with colleagues on many surveys. Maybe I will realize another documentary and I will publish a book.

Where can you see me or my work?

Here you can see my documentary “Mena”:

To read my articles, you can write my name on Google.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

They mean life in constant motion.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Maxima Acuña de Chaupe

How can you contact me?

Facebook: Maria Cristina Fraddosio

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